Michael O’Neill admits Stoke City‘s draw with Luton Town on Saturday ‘feels like a defeat’.
The Potters lead for more than 81 minutes after Sam Vokes’ opener before James Collins was given the opportunity to score from the spot, a chance he duly took.
The draw leaves Stoke still in a precarious position, just two points above Middlesbrough in the final relegation spot and having played a game more.
Speaking after witnessing the sucker punch at Kenilworth Road, Potters boss O’Neill says his side’s draw against Luton felt like a defeat.
“It feels like a defeat, although it’s not, having dropped the two points,” the manager told Stoke City+.
“I thought we played very well first half, defended well second half and then tired a bit which is understandable with two away games back-to-back and a third game in a week.
“It’s a difficult way to draw a game given the late nature of the penalty and the nature of the penalty, there didn’t seem to be very much in it to be honest.
“The players are very down in there (dressing room), they gave everything they could give on the day and we can’t ask any more than that. We’ll get them turned around and they will give everything again next week.
“We just have to keep trying to concentrate on ourselves. It could have been a really good week for us, but as it is it isn’t a terrible week, and we obviously now move forward to the home game next weekend.”