Alex Neil sends a stunning message to his players as he reacts to Stoke City’s fourth consecutive clean sheet in the Championship Campaign…

Alex Neil claims Stoke and Coventry City suffering from the same complaint.

Coventry City opposition verdict from CoventryLive as Potters’ boss Alex Neil identifies deficiencies on both sides.

Alex Neil admitted both Stoke and Coventry City were suffering from the same ailment in the weekend’s goalless draw at the CBS Arena – a lack of quality in front of goal.

The Potters’ boss was more than happy to come away with a point from his side’s fourth consecutive clean sheet, extending the club’s unbeaten run to five Championship matches. The Sky Blues, meanwhile, brought a halt to their miserable four-game string of defeats.

“I thought there was some really good bits and some not so good bits,” said Neil, whose team managed just two shots on target from a measly six attempts on goal through the 90 minutes.

“We played well through the back but I thought we lacked a real punch at the top end of the pitch today. I didn’t think we created enough real chances, we got into some good areas and got to the byline probably six or seven times in the game and I think when you get there you’ve got to create better opportunities, whether it’s a clear cut back or you stand it up at the back post.

“I thought Coventry were similar, they had some good moments but not anything clear that should win the game either.”

He added: “That’s four clean sheets on the bounce we’ve had and for us over a number of years is rare so that’s a good point, what we need to do is make sure we’ve got enough aggression in our game, enough quality.

Picture: Rob Avis – QPR vs Bristol City, 11th November 2023, SkyBet Championship

“We didn’t lack enough threat going forward in terms of volume of players, we just didn’t really select the right options and sometimes in these tight games you need one player to produce one moment of quality, and unfortunately for both teams that wasn’t quite there.

We huffed and puffed without it really being enough. But if you don’t do enough to win the game, don’t lose the game.”


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