Turning Point

Nathan Jones

NATHAN JONES firmly believes Saturday’s defeat at the hands of West Brom will be regarded as a turning point in 12 months’ time.

The Stoke City boss was able to draw a number of positives from Saturday’s display, despite seeing his side slip to a third successive Championship defeat.

A first half Dwight Gayle goal edged the game in West Brom’s favour but Jones was enthused by aspects of his team’s display and believes they have given themselves a platform to build upon.

“Trust me, there is no fan hurting like I am now,” he revealed. “I don’t think there will be another fan up at three o’clock in the morning watching the game. I will be.

“But I’ve been in this position before where fans see something. I remember drawing at Luton 1-1 with Yeovil and we were booed off and I thought I saw the light at the tunnel in terms of how we were building and evolving as a team – and that was the same on Saturday.

“We have switched off in every game at the moment and we’ve been punished and are missing penalties and things like that have got to change.

“But in a year’s time I will remember this day. This has been our best performance, one where we were bold and brave.

“Yes, we lost the game. It’s a learning curve and we’ve got to get better.”

Jones will go in search of his second win as City boss on Wednesday when his side face Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.