Stoke City manager Gary Rowett has hit back at Derby County fans after his side’s 2-1 victory over Derby County on Wednesday night.
Over 3000 travelling fans took inflatable snakes to Staffordshire and gave Rowett barrages of abuse all game, after the manager’s controversial departure from Pride Park in the summer.
But after a fiery affair at the Bet365 Stadium, Rowett’s ten-men Potters claimed a crucial three points over the Rams – and the 44-year old spoke of his delight after the game.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Rowett said: “It was a big game for us today, not least because it’s my old team – certainly, I hope their fans go away slightly disappointed that they’ve abused me for the whole 90 minutes when maybe they shouldn’t have done.”
The result leaves Stoke sitting five places below Derby, and just five points off the Championship play-off places after 19 league outings.
Rowett would have absolutely loved Wednesday night – Derby fans gave him no end of abuse all game so it would have been brilliant for the manager in that respect.
But more importantly, which I’m sure Rowett cares about most, is that it was such an important win for Stoke – if they had lost that then he would have come under major scrutiny with the playoff places fading away.