Lessons To Learn

Xherdan Shaqiri

XHERDAN SHAQIRI admits Saturday’s defeat to Newcastle United will prove to be a learning curve for him and his Stoke City teammates.

The Potters’ four game unbeaten run came to an end at St. James’ Park when goals from Christian Atsu and Jamaaal Lascelles handed the Magpies all three points.

City were dealt a different test in the North East compared to recent weeks, controlling much of the play against the newly-promoted outfit, who remained resilient and hard to break down throughout the encounter.

Shaqiri had levelled matters in fine fashion with his first strike of the campaign, but whilst beaming to get on the scoresheet he clearly would have preferred to leave Tyneside with a victory.

“I was happy that I scored my first goal of the season, but at the end of the day we lost and that is disappointing for us,” the Swiss international told Stoke City+.

“They only tried to play counter attack; they gave us the respect to have the ball more and they created some very good chances because of that.

“We have some positives to take from the game as well as negatives that we need to work on. We made a lot of chances but we needed to take them and score more than just one goal.

“Defensively, we needed to stay better and communicate. We didn’t do that as well as we did last week or in the games before.

“Then on the corners we have to concentrate more and be more aggressive to win headers and our individual battles.”

He added: “When you lose a game you are always disappointed and of course that is what we are feeling.

“That’s pretty normal but we will stand up and go again, we have a lot of games this season and we have to learn from this type of game.”