Michael O’Neil suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time in his Stoke City career as Blackburn Rovers scored late to win 2-1 at the Bet 365 Stadium.
Bradley Dack opened the scoring early on for the visitors, before Corry Evans put through his own net to bring Stoke level.
However, in the 84th minute Sam Gallagher scored the winning goal to secure a third successive victory for Blackburn Rovers.
In his post match interview after the game, Tony Mowbray was full of praise for his side’s performance.
As quoted by BBC Sport, he said: “It was a hard-earned win, but we deserved it. We have found it hard on the road this year, but we don’t have negative thoughts away from home.
“If you can retain the ball and make the crowd grumble it can increase the anxiety for Stoke and we did that well. We are on a good run at the moment and confidence between the two sides today may have been the difference.”
Defeat for Stoke City keeps them in the relegation zone, and Michael O’Neil admitted they are in a fight.
He said: “We had a lack of belief as an individual and collective and we need to get back to that. We have to have the belief to go on the pitch and show we are capable of playing.”
“We are in a fight and that is the reality of it. We are going to have to play under this pressure for the rest of the season and we need to get used to it. We need players who are ready to perform physically and mentally and who can deal with the situation.”