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Nathan Jones insists Stoke City are working religiously to score

Posted on May 15, 2019  in Stoke

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones has revealed that the club will do their best to solve their goalkeeping woes ahead of next season. The Staffordshire outfit have produced plenty of blanks during the second half of the campaign and one of those came during the recent 1-0 Championship defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough.

Speaking after that game, Jones cited that the club lacked the ruthlessness to get something out of the encounter. He added that the Potters have spent extensively on attacking players and the emphasis is on the coaching staff to improve on the team’s fortunes upfront, he said: “We didn’t have a ruthless streak, somebody to take the chances. That’s what we will bring into the club – a ruthless streak and energy.

“But the 11 out there I cannot fault. The level of performance was good, it’s just the cutting edge. I’d be quite happy to pick the same 11 (v Norwich on Monday) for the level of performance out there. We are just lacking goals and I can promise you we are working religiously on it. We have spent a lot of money on attacking players, so I expect a little bit more, I really do.”

The Potters have won just two of the previous 10 Championship matches, but they have nonetheless been picking up regular points with six draws during the same period. As such, it appears that the board are content to keep Jones at the helm next term and it remains to be seen whether he can produce an improvement on the club’s recent scoring record.

Stoke are currently 16th on the Championship table and they have managed to survive any threat of relegation. They are scheduled to host Norwich City on Monday night and Jones will be hoping that the team can produce a better attacking performance to delay the Canaries’ Championship title pursuit.

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