Michael O’Neill moves to temper expectations as he takes issue with Stoke City promotion status



Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill has moved to temper expectations after the 0-0 draw at QPR.

The Potters drew a blank for the second time in a row and are without a win in three Championship games for the first time this season.

They remain two points off the top six and are in seventh place, but were unable to put a struggling QPR side away on Tuesday night.

Afterwards, O’Neill was asked if he regretted not taking all three points as a side chasing promotion, but O’Neill took issue with the premise of the question.

“When I arrived we were in the bottom three. We were bottom actually,” he said.

“We’re a team that finished 15th and 16th the two years we’ve been in the Championship. To say we’re a promotion based team, I think is probably not true.

“We’re a work in progress. We’re a team transitioning a bit. We have players the club spent money on who are contracted to us but out on loan.

“We’re trying to change a lot of things here. I’m not sure of the table now but we were two points off the play-offs before the game.

“I don’t think a draw away from home will overly damage us, but equally if we could have won it we would have been happier.”

Stoke are back in action at home to a mid-table but free scoring Blackburn side on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.





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