Boss Pulling No Punches

Nathan Jones

NATHAN JONES cut a frustrated figure after watching his side throw away a 2-0 half-time advantage against Championship strugglers Rotherham United on Saturday.

The Potters looked to be on course for all three points thanks to superbly taken goals from Sam Vokes and Sam Clucas during the opening 45 minutes.

However, the visitors turned the game on its head following the interval with Will Vaulks and substitute Matt Crooks deservedly dragging the Millers back on level terms.

And had it not been for the late brilliance of Jack Butland, Paul Warne’s men may well have departed North Staffordshire with all three points in tow.

“We knew what they would do and we knew we would have to defend well because they are a big, strong side who like to play in a direct way,” Jones told the media following the game.

“We managed to deal with them in the first half, played some decent stuff and scored two really well constructed goals.

“But then we took our foot off the gas, got outworked, out-battled and didn’t do the basics of the game anywhere near well enough."

“We lost headers in our own box, their goal was lucky in terms of it being offside, but still we were nowhere near where we needed to be during the second half.

“When you are 2-0 up at home, at half-time, you expect to win the game, but we didn’t do that today and it hurts.

“When I first came here I identified some real flaws in the team in terms of it buckling in moments of matches, like against Shrewsbury Town when we were two goals up and cruising.

“They reverted to type to an extent today and I won’t accept that, because I know that I will be the next one out of the door if I do.”

He added: “It just showed today that there isn’t enough ruthlessness here, and that has got to change - and it will change.”