Malcolm Dawson writes: It all so much clearer now for SAFC – Shildon that is. A come from behind 3-1 win means that if they take all three points against the Terriers of Bedlington on Wednesday they win the Northern League title. Anything less and the trophy goes to Marske. Not so clear cut for the other SAFC. We might have settled for a point had Hull lost and Leicester shared the spoils with Burnley but those results send us into the bottom three so a point is little comfort. But we have a game in hand on Villa and Hull as well as the two sides below us and the Mags are in free fall so there is still some hope. Certainly Dick Advocaat is putting a positive spin on things in his post match e-mail but then he’s hardly likely to do anything else. Here are his immediate post match comments, laundered by some club minion or other before being sent out to M Salut and the rest.
We took our chance early with the goal and made it 1-0; but Stoke came back into the game very well and created lots of chances.
We had a few more opportunities to score with [Jermain] Defoe going close in the first half and then a couple of chances for [Connor] Wickham in the second.
Costel [Pantilimon] showed today why he is a keeper of international pedigree, he did very well for us and [Will] Buckley returned and I thought he did well.
You’ll always take a point away from home before the game starts and it’s good to take a point but other results around the league have not gone in our favour.
I was much happier with the second half than I was the first; we worked a lot harder and looked a lot better. To come somewhere like Stoke and create as many chances as we did is a positive to take from the game.
It is important that we build on those positives and take them into the game next weekend.
Thanks for your support,
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