‘We’re delighted with him’ – Stoke City boss’s verdict on Angus Gunn, Tyrese Campbell, Harry Souttar and 3-0 win at Reading



Michael O’Neill was happy to add another three points to the bank as Stoke City took on league leaders Reading at the Madejski.

Here is the manager’s post-match verdict.

What was your verdict on that performance?

Michael O’Neill: 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 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 takes the first goal very well and we capitalise on the mistake but it was good pressure for the second goal as well. Steven 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 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.

How much has Tyrese Campbell developed over the past year?

He’s developed a lot and there’s a lot more to go still.

Tye has got fantastic natural attributes in terms of his speed, his physicality and he’s a great finisher. Those are three boxes to tick.

He needs to find a little bit more in certain areas and I’m constantly at him but it’s terrific to see him progress.

We’ve found a way to get him into the team as a wide forward, not a winger, a wide attacking threat. Whether you play him there or through the middle…

I don’t think he’s ready to play as a lone striker but when he plays up with Fletch, he seems to enjoy it as well.

I’m delighted with the progress he’s made.

You must be pleased with Angus Gunn too?

Angus has been really good since he’s come in, in a difficult situation.

He’s been unfortunate in the goals that he’s lost. The goal down at Swansea when he had to come on at half-time – then the goals at Watford which were disappointing and harsh on him given the nature of the decision.

The other two games he’s kept clean sheets so we’re delighted.

I think he gives good composure to his defence, kicks well, looks very assured with the ball at his feet and I think there is loads more to come.

He’s just getting game time having not played for a long time.

We’re delighted with him, he’s settled in really well.

Harry Souttar is settling in well in the Championship

Yes he is. Harry came back and I said to him that going back on loan would mean he’s back in a year with the same situation. ‘Why don’t you just grasp the opportunity, try to get in the team?’

We drip fed him in using the cup games to begin with and he found his way into the starting XI. I said to him that he just has to keep up the levels he’s been doing.

Sometimes young players drop off a little bit. He can’t allowed that to happen.

He’s a player blessed with great natural attributes. Obviously his height but also he’s got good game intelligence and he’s a great user of the ball as well.

That’s something which I think will set him apart from the other defenders in this league.





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