Stoke City manager Alex Neil is pleased with his team’s recent defensive record, but he knows that there is still work to be done in terms of attacking.
Stoke have kept four clean sheets in a row in the Championship, and Neil believes that this is a strong foundation on which to build a successful team. However, he also acknowledges that the team needs to score more goals, as they have only scored eight in their last 16 league matches.
Neil is hopeful that the return of Sead Haksabanovic and Tyrese Campbell will help to address this issue. Haksabanovic has been out with a groin injury, while Campbell has been out with a hamstring injury.
Overall, Neil is positive about the direction that Stoke is going in, but he knows that there is still work to be done. He is confident that the team can continue to improve and challenge for a place in the playoffs.
Stoke City manager Alex Neil is pleased with his team’s recent defensive record.
Neil believes that Stoke’s recent defensive record is a strong foundation on which to build a successful team. However, he acknowledges that the team needs to score more goals.
Stoke have gone 440 minutes without conceding a goal in the Championship.
Stoke’s recent defensive record has helped them to kickstart their season. They are now five points off the play-off places and 10 points clear of the bottom three.
Neil quotes famous managers who have said that you can win games with a strong front line but you win championships with a strong back line.
Neil says that successful teams are built on solid foundations. He says that you can then add the little bit of quality that you need going forward.
Neil says that keeping four clean sheets in the Championship is a great feat. He says that it is something that Stoke haven’t done many times since they’ve been relegated.
Stoke’s current run without conceding a goal is their longest since the spring of 2019. However, they have also fired eight blanks in 16 league matches this season.
Neil says that he knows that Stoke need to improve their attacking form.
Neil says that if you can keep a clean sheet you only need one opportunity to win a game.
Neil says that Stoke have still got work to do, but he thinks that four clean sheets is a good starting point.
Sead Haksabanovic and Tyrese Campbell are both hoping to return from injury for Stoke’s next match against Blackburn on November 25.