Defender outlines need for more shutouts...
TOM EDWARDS reiterated that keeping clean sheets is the key to securing more points after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town, writes Conor Shaw.
The Stafford-born defender came through a head injury in Wednesday’s stalemate at Wigan Athletic to retain his place in the starting line-up at Portman Road.
James McClean opened the scoring for the Potters moments before the interval, before Will Keane nodded the Tractor Boys level in second half stoppage time.
The England Under-20 international knows the importance of keeping out the opposition and says by doing just that, as well as being more clinical at the other end of the pitch, will be the bedrock of future success.
“One of the main things we’re looking at doing at the moment is keeping clean sheets,” the youngster told stokecityfc.com. “If we can do that, then we’ll get some points on the board.
“We tried to see the game out today, but unfortunately in the last few seconds, we couldn’t quite do that.
“Perhaps we should have added another goal in the first half, but we just kept plugging away in the second half to try to get more out of the game.
“We did create a lot of chances to be fair, particularly Tom Ince who put in his fair share of crosses, while I’m sure Sam Vokes will score soon. All we’ve got to do is continue to create chances, and not concede goals like we have today.”
“We know we have the players in the squad who can score goals, but it’s just a matter of clicking and ensuring that when we get the chances, we put them to bed.
He added: “With two home games coming up on the bounce, I am quite confident we can take maximum points from those games.
“If the fans turn up like they did today, supporting us throughout the game, then we will able to take the full six points.”