Stoke City succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against West Brom yesterday, but manager Nathan Jones claimed it was the best performance he’d seen from the players under his management.
The Baggies led from the 25th minute courtesy of Dwight Gayle, with neither side able to add to that score. Whilst they fly high in fourth, their former Premier League rivals are having a significantly worse season.
They’re now 17th in the table and brief aspirations of a play-off spot brought on at Christmas have been long forgotten. They’re 12 points clear of the bottom three, but they’re the same number adrift of the top seven.
Still, former Luton manager Jones wasn’t too despondent, with Keith Wales of the Stoke Sentinel reporting that he said “It’s a positive performance from me. It’s the best performance since I’ve been here.”
That isn’t something echoed by the fans replying on Twitter, although there does appear to be some division. On one hand there’s the grounded replies who see a work in progress, on the other those just plain angry at the club’s plight.
Here’s a taster from both sides of the fence.
Narhan has definitely been watching a different game than us
— Sharon Beech (@Beech21sharon) February 9, 2019
Is he having a laugh?
We could have played until tomorrow and still not scored. It was no different to Rowett team.
Woeful performance only Edwards and Etebo played well. Clucas was awful. Mclean did nothing. 1 win in 6 from Jones.
— johnsharrock7 (@johnsharrock71) February 9, 2019
I saw a lot more positives, it’s going to be a process, negativity does not help anyone!!
— Al (@AlistairNCox) February 9, 2019
Maybe he needs to look at the match from a different position
— David Cartlidge (@scfcseniorgrump) February 9, 2019
Shock that the replies are all negative. So much for being willing to ‘show patience’. Jones’ job is to keep us safe and assess current players in his philosophy. Summer will be big for him. I actually agree with him here though, we played some good stuff, and are getting better.
— Stoke City (@SCFCdelilah) February 9, 2019
Hahaha! its not a win therefore get real Nathan Jones: another rowett Lol
wont be long before stoke get rid of U 8th from bottom says it all
— Malkis (@Malc125) February 9, 2019
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Why all the negativity? We were better team today and deserved at least a point – infinitely better than under that nob Rowett – sometimes your lucks out and that's what's happening at the moment – NJ will get this right, get behind the man and the team
— Tony (@percyscfc) February 9, 2019