Nathan Jones, who has remained gracious about Stoke City since his exit almost exactly a year ago, looks at their ‘quality in the right areas’ as he assesses their chances this season.
Jones experienced that first hand on Saturday when his Luton Town side fell to a 2-0 defeat to Stoke at Kenilworth Road, courtesy of goals from Steven Fletcher and Nick Powell.
And it was put to him that, having already pointed out how Stoke had not conceded an away goal this term, if he expected to them to be nearer the top than the bottom this time around.
He said: “It’s not my place to comment but they haven’t conceded away from home, they’re a very well drilled side – you can see that, they’ve good players, they’ve got quality in the right areas which you’d expect.
“They’ve got all the ingredients but I’m not going to comment any further because they’re not my club.
“They showed quality in the right areas (against Luton) and that’s what won them the game.”
Jones left Luton for Stoke in January 2019 but returned towards the end of the following season after a very difficult 10 months in the saddle.
But he has talked of his continued respect of a ‘big football club’ and being grateful for the opportunity that came his way.
“I’ve got no bitterness,” he said.
“It’s well documented I was given enough time. I didn’t quite do it.
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“It’s disappointing (against them on Saturday) because I thought we were excellent, we really, really played well and for better periods we were the better side.
“It’s just in the key areas where you needed that quality they demonstrated it slightly more than us having had far less of the game to do that.
“That’s an area we’re disappointed with.”