Stoke got a much-needed win under their belt as they produced one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Championship. It was the first win for the Potters in their last eight league games. Jacob Brown scored the opener in the 19th minute before a George Saville own goal sealed the win for the home side in the 70th minute. Milwall missed a penalty when Jed Wallace saw their eight-match unbeaten streak come to an end.
Stoke’s Michael O’Neill: “Lewis has been a great signing; we stole him really if I’m honest. He’s delivered and that’s because he feels valued here. We’ve given him a lot of responsibility and the captain’s armband when Joe Allen hasn’t played. He’s gone through a difficult period in his career where you’re constantly a loan player and now this is his first permanent club since Chelsea. How he’s approached things is what impressed me and he’s an excellent player. When you’re not winning, it’s the worst feeling ever. We’ve had a lot of times this season where we’ve come in and we’ve felt hard done by in games. Some of that has been self-inflicted, but the important thing was that we got a really good, controlled performance today.”
Millwall’s Gary Rowett: “I don’t want to take credit away from Stoke today because they played with a desperation to get a result; I thought they worked incredibly hard. They were quicker than we were, but nevertheless, we conceded two very poor goals. We got a bit of a lifeline at the end and it would have made for a nervy stadium with Stoke’s recent run and made it a very interesting end to the game, but I don’t think we deserved to get anything out of it.”
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