Stoke City manager, Alex Neil, acknowledges the challenging task that lies ahead as his team aims to secure consecutive victories. Neil has been discussing Stoke City’s upcoming clash with Leeds United on Wednesday. Leeds will be traveling to Stoke with the goal of capitalizing on their recent comeback win against Norwich City, which propelled them to third place in the standings.
Leeds is now focused on making further progress and narrowing the gap with the top three teams. Meanwhile, Stoke City has different aspirations for this season. They recently secured their fourth win of the season by defeating Sunderland, placing them in 12th position, just five points above the relegation zone.
While there’s still ample time to turn things around, Stoke appears to be headed for another relatively uneventful season, following their 16th-place finish last season. Nevertheless, their recent victory against Sunderland has boosted their confidence.
Neil acknowledges the tough challenge that awaits his team, particularly against an in-form Leeds. He expressed his satisfaction after the Sunderland victory, highlighting the importance of securing three points, regardless of the opponent. Neil emphasized that Stoke is currently a team in transition, which can be frustrating in the competitive environment of the Championship, where winning games is essential.
He also noted that the fans understand the current position of the club. While everyone desires the team to win, be successful, and climb up the league, there’s a recognition of the club’s potential and its present circumstances.
Neil pointed out that the match against Sunderland, where they had to endure pressure, was particularly satisfying. He also acknowledged the challenging fixtures ahead, making the recent victory an encouraging moment for the team.