Stoke City manager Gary Rowett spoke to the club’s official website and says he is frustrated but will also take the positives from his side’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday in which his side surrendered a two-goal lead.
A Benik Afobe brace had given Rowett’s side a strong lead 20 minutes into the game but goals from Marco Matias and Barry Bannan meant it was another frustrating day for the Potters.
“I am feeling mixed emotions because there were so many positive passages of play, but we let ourselves down with an avoidable first goal which gave them hope,” Rowett told the club’s official website.
“As a group, we spoke about trying to be more about the real Stoke City today, and playing how we wanted to play right at the start of the season.
“We have created so many opportunities today so to be standing here and not reflecting back on a victory is incredibly frustrating.”
It took just two minutes for the Potters to take the lead when Peter Etebo and Mame Biram Diouf combined for Afobe to slot home from close range.
And it was 2-0 20 minutes later when the striker was set through on goal by Tom Ince to double his and his side’s goal tally for the day.
But with the second worse defensive record in the league, keeping a clean sheet was always going to prove tricky and so it proved when Matias’s neat finish dragged the home side back into it two minutes later.
The away side steadied, however, and looked set to secure all three points until Bannan perfectly whipped a free-kick into the back of the Stoke net to make it 2-2.
Stoke certainly showed why they were pre-season title favourites today, playing some brilliant football and dominating Wednesday for most of it.
But they also showcased why they are where they are with their inability to hold onto a lead.
The pressure is growing on Rowett and something needs to change for him quickly.