Etebo Catching Butland's Eye

Peter Etebo

JACK BUTLAND has paid tribute to goal scorer Peter Etebo after his inspired performance helped secure all three points against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The Potters midfielder opened the scoring for City midway through the first half, before Benik Afobe wrapped up the victory with a stunning strike 15 minutes from time.

Despite picking up an injury during the second half, Etebo’s superb display built a platform for City’s triumph, and his performance did not go unnoticed by his teammates.

“Peter is a brilliant player,” the Potters number one said. “His tenacity on and off the pitch has been outstanding. 

“When we have him in that sort of form, he becomes a very difficult player to stop.

“We are very fortunate to have players that have bags of ability and want to work hard for the team. Everyone out there last weekend was superb and Peter’s performance topped it all off.

“Hopefully his injury won’t be bad. I think it was only a little niggle. But overall we showed real class today and played very well.

“Peter isn’t exactly someone you would label as a goal scorer but he has got the ability to that. He has the power to drive forward, so fingers crossed the injury is not as bad as first feared."

“We have a lot of African-born players here who can support him. Today just showed how good he can be, and there is definitely more to see from him.”

He added: “We can now hopefully kick on. It was a good and solid victory - so let’s carry this on between now and the international break, enjoy ourselves and see where it takes us.

“We have the potential to beat anyone. We have shown that across the season. There is quality in this team, and we just need to perform on a consistent basis.”