Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes has insisted that nobody at the club is getting carried away after the team picked up their first league win of the season before the international break.
The Potters are currently bottom of the Championship table, but secured their first three points of the league season at Swansea City in their final match before the two-week break – thanks to a 90th-minute winner from Scott Hogan.
It was a win that relieved some of the pressure on manager Nathan Jones following a disastrous start to the season which had seen the team pick up just two points from their opening ten games.
Stoke will now go into their home clash with promotion chasers Fulham at the weekend looking for back-to-back wins, but Scholes has insisted that nobody at the club is getting carried away after the result at Swansea.
Scholes admitted that despite the result at the Liberty Stadium, results this season have not been good enough and insisted that club is focused on improving and making sure that the win in South Wales was not a one off.
“Swansea was a fantastic performance and fantastic result and great credit should go to the manager, staff and players for that in very difficult circumstances,” Scholes told the Stoke Sentinel.
“Everyone could see how much it meant to the players when we scored the winner.
“But none of us is getting carried away in any respect. We know we haven’t been good enough so far this season. We know we have had bad luck at times but fundamentally we haven’t been good enough and that’s why we’re bottom of the league.
“Everybody – the manager, players and staff – is absolutely focused on changing that.”
This is definitely the right attitude for Stoke to have. The win over Swansea, who let’s not forget were top of the Championship table at the time, was a massive result for the club and should have given the players a much-needed confidence boost going into the international break.
However, as Scholes said, that doesn’t change that fact that the results this season have not been good enough. The team are still bottom of the table and they need to build on this result and start putting more points on the board.
The good news for Stoke is that quite a few other teams have got off to a slow start, so there’s still plenty of time for the team to get their season back on track. With that said, it’s vital that they do that sooner rather than later.