Peter Coates has made a slight confession ahead of his club’s biggest game of the season so far.
The Stoke City chairman will be sat in the front row of the directors box when fellow strugglers Hull City come to town tomorrow afternoon keeping it all together – whatever happens out in the middle.
But he admits it’s actually a bit of an act.
“I get anxious, like everybody else,” he said, “but maybe I know how not to show it!
“Personally, I am delighted with the support our fans are giving the team, both home and away, and I’m very appreciative of it.
“I hope they will continue giving it, I’m sure they will, because they know as well as me that we have some hugely important matches coming up.”
Stoke entertain fellow strugglers Hull tomorrow (3pm) with the chairman hoping for better luck in the bigger moments than they enjoyed at Luton last Saturday when a controversial late penalty conceded by James Chester led to a 1-1 draw.
“I do have a lot of sympathy with the players because I thought we defended ok, as we have for quite a few games after that blip, but the more I see that late penalty decision at Luton the softer, shall we say, it looks.
“But before that game, we had a couple of back-to-back clean sheets and you might say we had another clean sheet, morally at least, at Luton.”