Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill has praised Jacob Brown after he scored his 12th goal of the season in their 3-1 win over West Brom.
Brown proved once again to be the difference maker as he scored the second Stoke goal, putting them ahead in a game the Potters dominated.
It was a deft header to get on the end of a Tommy Smith cross with O’Neill praising the efforts of the forward.
Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, O’Neill highlighted Brown’s unselfish play being pivotal to the team: “Jacob plays so much for the team. Goal scorers are a lot more selfish than Jacob is. Jacob is very unselfish.
“He runs for the team. You can play him in a variety of positions and he’ll always put the team ahead of himself. But he is still getting chances and scoring chances.”
Brown’s 12th goal of the season meant he was enjoying his best goalscoring season to date and has been Stoke’s most reliable source of goals this season, something O’Neill admitted is no fluke: “We signed him based on what we saw in potential and he’s developed so much since then. That comes from a lot of work.
“I’ve never seen a player who wants to work to get better as much as Jacob. He’s come into the game via a different pathway from a lot of players. He’s a joy for us to have in the club and for us to work with.”
Following that win, Stoke sit 15th in the Championship table, and are next in action on Saturday afternoon, when they host another mid-table side in the form of Bristol City.
Jacob Brown has been superb this season and has still gone under the radar for the club. Brown has seen off competition from several different players, ensuring his name is one of the first on teamsheet for O’Neill.
His ability to score goals and work hard for the team is invaluable and any good side is built on players like Jacob Brown.
The key for Brown and Stoke is maintaining consistency, and getting other players to step up to the plate before the end of the season to ensure they can end on a high after a season that promised so much dwindled away.