Stoke City head coach Nathan Jones has told the club website that people should expect more of today’s performance after they drew 2-2 with Norwich City.
The Potters have nothing to play for this season but Jones is hoping to end the season well and carry that momentum into next year. However today was a tough task as they were facing Norwich, the Sky Bet Championship league leaders and a team not needing much more in order to seal promotion.
But Norwich were not able to get that win due to the resolute performance from Stoke. Onel Hernandez gave Norwich the lead but Stoke were able to equalise just after the start of the second half through Ashley Williams. The Canaries did take the lead again thanks to Teemu Pukki but once again, Stoke got an equaliser with a goal coming from Tom Edwards just three minutes later.
Jones was delighted with the performance and said that we can expect more performances of that calibre next season. He said: “Listen, that was as positive a second half performance as we have seen for while, and it was a little indicator of what we are going to be about next season and onwards,”
“I see flashes in terms of our quality and our shape and lots of things, and honestly I am so excited about what we can achieve here.”
“A lot of the things we have been working tirelessly on are improving and that bodes so well for the future – we have a big summer ahead of us, a huge one, but we are making big progress and we will be a force next season.”
“It became a few games back that it would all be about next season for us, but we knew that this was a big game for one, ourselves, and two, for the league and the sides challenging at the top.”
“We went toe-to-toe today with the best side in the league, and they are the best side because the table at this stage of the season doesn’t lie, and to be honest with you, we were incredibly passive in the first half and allowed them to control the game.”
“But we addressed a couple of things at the break and following that we were by far the better team and really should have gone on to win the game given the opportunities we created for ourselves.”