Rich Walker was kicking himself and his players were doing the same as they couldn’t find their A game when it really mattered.
Stoke City slipped to a heavy defeat in the PL Cup final at Manchester City last night, even if was tight for an hour.
It was the second goal that was always going to be crucial… but when it came it opened the floodgates and Man City were irresistible for 15 minutes as it went from 1-0 to six.
Walker said: “Obviously prior to tonight we celebrated getting to the final, a magnificent achievement to get here, but it was a bitter disappointment on the night.
“It was tight for spells and we had chances while not being anywhere near at our best. We didn’t really lay a glove on them and good sides like that will put you to the sword if you don’t take chances.
“Without being anywhere near at our best we still had good chances. We didn’t perform anywhere near what we’re capable of, individually or collectively, and it’s very unlike the lads.
“When Man City got the second – from their to the fifth it was a 10-minute spell. They put us to the sword and it becomes a damage limitation exercise.”
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