Jones: ‘Changes Required’

Nathan Jones

NATHAN JONES is promising big changes over the summer as he looks to mastermind a brighter future for Stoke City.

The Welshman was bitterly disappointed with the manner in which his side squandered a two-goal lead against struggling Rotherham on Saturday and had to settle for a solitary point.

That came hard on the heels of their midweek defeat at Swansea and Jones is acutely aware that things need to alter if his side are to improve next season.

He said: “We are working hard. We’ve kept six clean sheets, we’ve defended superbly well but then against Rotherham we were overrun, over-worked and you are where you are in the season because it’s where you deserve to be.

“There’s no such thing as hard luck over 40 games, 42 games. You’re not in a false position after 40-odd games. Maybe you can be after three or four, five or six. Not after 42.

“It’s where we are so we have to make sure that we change that and there will be big changes in the summer; in personnel, in the environment, in things that we need to do moving forward because clearly we are not good enough at this moment in time.”

The Potters looked to be on course for victory as they established a 2-0 first half lead with goals in quick succession from Sam Vokes and Sam Clucas but Rotherham came roaring back after the break and snatched a deserved point.

Jones added: “We did buckle. We conceded two goals and if it wasn’t for our keeper we might have conceded more. One was offside and clearly offside and I’m disappointed the linesman didn’t get that right because he has one job really to do and didn’t quite do it.

“But we just weren’t athletic enough in the second half, we didn’t compete well enough, we lost every header. They wanted it more in the second half.

“After going in at 2-0 you’d think you were going to win the game, you should win the game and that’s a disappointing thing for me. There was no ruthlessness, no cutting edge to go on and win it. That’s disappointing.”