‘I’ll be honest’ – Michael O’Neill explains why he was delighted with Stoke City win beyond points, goals and clean sheet



Michael O’Neill believes Stoke City showed a different side of their game as they ran out 3-0 winners at Reading.

Goals from Tyrese Campbell, Steven Fletcher and Jacob Brown proved the best tonic for a Stoke side who had been unfortunate in defeat at Watford on Wednesday – when the manager actually thought, in a lot of respects, they had played better.

He said: “I’m delighted with the three points. I think we showed a different side of our game today.

“It took us a little while to settle but Reading were very good in the early part of the game. Angus (Gunn) made a couple of really good saves.

“But then we sort of worked our way into the game a little bit and we looked like we could create opportunities.

“Tye (Campbell) takes the first goal very well and we capitalise on the mistake but it was good pressure for the second goal as well. Steven (Fletcher) takes it well.

“I think at that point it looked like we could get other opportunities. Tye and Steven had to change the shape a little bit, drop Nick (Powell) in behind them.

“I’ll be honest, we’re delighted with the three points, clean sheet and three goals but in many ways we probably played better on Wednesday – but it was good to show those characteristics today.”





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