Nathan Jones bemoans disappointing draw against Ipswich Town
Stoke City Nathan Jones has expressed his disappointment after his team squandered the chance to secure the maximum points on the road to Ipswich Town. The Potters appeared primed to grab a 1-0 triumph over the Tractor Boys on Saturday until Will Keane came up with a dramatic 92nd-minute equaliser for the hosts.
He said: “It was disappointing as we should have been two or three up in the first half, with efforts by Sam Vokes and Tom Ince. But we did not play well in the second half and it was disappointing that we did not cover the corner for their goal. We have to be a lot better and we have looked solid but their goal was a bit of a sting in the tail. Up until they scored we looked solid and defended well. It’s a difficult place to come when they are fighting for their lives and Paul (Lambert) has certainly got them fighting.”
With the stalemate, Stoke have gone through five matches without winning and during this period, they have amassed just two points in the process. As such, their promotion prospects appear pretty much done for the campaign but it remains to be seen whether they can salvage the season with push to the top half of the table.
Stoke’s next league game comes against Aston Villa at the Bet365 Stadium and the game should offer them another stiff test with the Villains possessing quality options upfront to make the difference. Similarly to Stoke, Villa have gone through an indifferent patch of late but they have been superior with the scoring prowess and have netted 22 goals more than after 33 games into the season.