Stoke manager Nathan Jones has said he made a mistake in substituting midfielder Ryan Woods during the Potters’ 3-1 defeat to Charlton on Saturday.
Woods was replaced by new signing Mark Duffy in the 69th-minute with the scores level at The Valley, but Charlton then scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to condemn Stoke to a second consecutive defeat.
Lyle Taylor had given Charlton an early lead in their first home match of the season, but Tom Ince then levelled the scores before break. Chuks Aneke then put the Addicks in front following Woods’ second-half departure, with Conor Gallagher sealing the three points minutes later.
Jones admitted he made an error in removing Woods from the match, but he claimed he did so in the belief it would help Stoke win the three points in an evenly poised match.
NJ: I probably made an error taking Ryan Woods off. I wanted to win the game but I'm bold and homest enough to admit I made a mistake.#SCFC
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 12, 2019
Plenty of Stoke fans responded to Jones’ comments, with many of them agreeing with the Welshman’s verdict. Other supporters also went on to applaud Jones for showing this level of honesty in defeat.
Here are some of the reactions…
Yes, you did
— Josh (@SCFCJosh_) August 12, 2019
Fair play. Same people moaning are the same who would haved moaned if you hadnt gone for it and sat back on the point.
— Tom Watson (@tom__watson) August 12, 2019
We all make mistakes big man, the key is learning from them. At least you acknowledge that.
God didn't create the earth in 2 days, and he'd probably struggle to turn Stoke around in that period too ????
— ???? Ꮆ乇乇乃ㄚ ㄚㄩ ???? (@GeebyYu) August 12, 2019
Owning up, love that nj
— ???? (@gunmanthibaud) August 12, 2019
Respect for this man just gone up even more! Very few managers will admit to making a mistake
— Sam (@SamSCFC1) August 12, 2019
Fair play! A very respectable comment and one nobody can argue with. Everybody makes mistakes and unfortunately in football it comes at a cost. He’s tried to change the game and get a goal and it’s backfired on this occasion.
— Stoke City (@SCFCdelilah) August 12, 2019
Class act owning up to mistakes, you can turn this around NJ❤️
— Gabriel Wright???? (@gabrielwright__) August 12, 2019