City boss has his say ahead of Saturday's trip to the capital...
NATHAN JONES admits his players are going to have to be ‘right at it’ against Brentford this weekend if they are to ensure the Welshman a triumphant start to life in the Stoke City managerial hot-seat.
The former Luton Town manager took the reins at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday afternoon before his attentions turned immediately towards tomorrow’s trip to Griffin Park.
Speaking to the media ahead of the clash, the Potters boss said: “I know it is a cliché, but every game in the Championship is very, very difficult.
“Brentford are a really progressive club with a really progressive side and they can cause any side real problems.
“We are going to have to be right at it, we are going to have to hit the ground running but no matter who we were playing this weekend I would be saying exactly the same.
“It is a wonderful league it really is - any side can beat any other whereas in the Premier league you tend to know who the top sides will be.
“It is a challenging start, it is a difficult place to go to but I have played there often as a player and I have always enjoyed going there."
“Griffin Park is a tight ground with the supporters right on top of you, the pitch is good, the dressing rooms are some of the worst mind, but it is a club I have the utmost respect for.”
He added: “They are owned by really good people, they are going through a bit of a transition under their new manager, but they are a dangerous side as I have just eluded to.”