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Jones: 'Jack's The Best In England'

Jack Butland

NATHAN JONES believes Jack Butland is at the top of the goalkeeping tree in England.

The Stoke City No.1 produced another peerless performance last night to keep promotion-chasing Derby at bay.

The Potters claimed a third successive clean sheet as they drew 0-0 at Pride Park, thanks largely to the brilliance of Butland.

He made a string of outstanding saves, particularly in the first half, and Jones declared: “For me there’s no better goalkeeper in England.

“I see him every day and I don’t want to be disrespectful to anyone else but Jack is outstanding. The way he goes about his work is excellent – he’s a tireless worker and when called upon he’s been brilliant.

“We’ve kept three clean sheets on the trot. That’s been a team effort but Jack has played his part, against Derby especially.

“Whoever comes here (to Derby) are going to need their ‘keeper to perform because Derby are a good side and we’re a work in progress.

“If Derby are still in this division next year it will be a different game – we will be far more potent and on front foot but I’m proud of the resilience we showed.

“We’d never take a point because we’re a positive thinking side but realistically it’s not a bad point.”

Next up for the Potters is a home game against Reading on Saturday, with tickets in home areas still available. Starting at £25 for adults and £8 for Under 11s, tickets can be purchased from the bet365 Stadium Ticket Office, online at scfcdirect.com or by calling (01782) 367599.

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