Heads up – Midfield star reveals how he can contribute more to Stoke City cause


Sam Clucas admits it’s high time he got his head down – or rather up – and scored more goals for Stoke with his forehead.

His second, and Stoke’s fourth against Hull, was a firm header that also saw him hit double figures for the season.

“I’ve not scored a header for a couple of years, I think, which is poor really because I’m over six foot,” Clucas acknowledged.

“But the main thing was to get on the scoresheet, which is always nice, and to help the team,

“It was a much-needed win and I’ve said it in previous interviews that it’s been coming.

“We’ve been creating a lot of chances and not quite taking them, but this time we did.

“I think if we’d been 5-0 up after 30 minutes I don’t think anyone would have complained about it.

“It was a much-needed win which takes us above them now and we need to keep doing that and, if we do, we will get out of this sooner rather than later.”

His joy was tempered by two factors on the day, however, because he saw his midfield partner Joe Allen suffer a long-term injury and also saw his old club Hull look like genuine relegation candidates now.

4-0… Sam Clucas heads home his second

Clucas, who showed the back of his shirt to his old Swansea fans after scoring against them earlier this year, clearly has far more respect and affection for Hull followers.

“Unfortunately, this win was against one of my old teams that I like,” he said, “and that’s the reason I didn’t celebrate.

“They took a chance on me when I was playing in League One and signed me for the Championship.

“I played a lot of games and ended up going to the Premier League with them, and it was a dream come true to play in the Premier League.

“I had a great time there, loved the club, loved the fans, but eventually players have to move on, that’s how it works and to get another chance in the Premier League was something I couldn’t turn down and that’s why I left (for Swansea).

“All the fans knew and understood why I left in the end and they’ve always shown me respect.

“Like I said after the Swansea game, respect works both ways.

“If clubs and teams show me respect, I will show them it back and that was the reason for me not celebrating.”





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