Stoke City took a while to get used to life in the Championship but they now appear to be building up ahead of steam, with a play-off place well within their sights.
The Potters will be desperate to ensure consistency in what is a very competitive league, with at least ten teams all fighting for a play-off place. Interestingly, one of the club’s first team members received a special mention recently, as according to Stoke City’s official website, Gary Rowett was full of praise for Jack Butland.
Gary Rowett lavished praise upon Jack Butland for his match-winning contribution at Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon.
Indeed, the shot-stopper produced three stunning second half saves to preserve the visitors’ narrow advantage and extend Gary Rowett’s side’s unbeaten run on the road to five matches.
“We expected that and defended really well as a result, but we have to thank Jack Butland today because he was absolutely outstanding when it really mattered.”
“He made two world class saves, and we rode our luck a little bit, which I think we earned on the back of some resolute and incredibly gritty and determined defending.”
“Jack showed why he is a top international today, and reminded everyone of how influential he is out there on the field – I am delighted for him – he was the difference for us this afternoon.”
Jack Butland arguably deserves to be playing in the Premier League after a number of impressive seasons at Stoke City, but he failed to push through a move in the summer.
Indeed, the Englishman changed agents in October in an attempt to try and push through a move to the Premier League ‘sooner rather than later’, so performances like this will only help his cause.