Martin O’Neill was cautious again with his starting line-up, Sess on the bench and Catts in the team with just Fletcher forward. The radio reactions were predictable perhaps, Gary Bennett happy with the point, praising the defence and Colback in particular, some supporters happy with another point, but just as many critical with the lack of creativity and attacking ambition. “This was the worst ever Premier League game I’ve seen,” said one. “Don’t wait up for MOTD” our own Pete Sixsmith advises. The manager explains his thinking in his regular post match e-mail……
In a game where there weren’t that many chances I thought we were worthy of the point.
But it was tough. Like every game we’ve played in this season, we were presented with problems that we’ve had to overcome and I think we’re getting there.
I changed it around a little bit today, something that has to happen at some stage in the season.
I thought that when [Stephane] Sessegnon came on he looked sharp, and I don’t think missing out on starting the game will have done him any harm.
I think Lee, as captain of the side, gives us that little bit of steel. He brings drive and determination into the game.
Before the game I was concerned that he’d been out of action for around a month and that he might have started to fade in the game, but he didn’t.
Simon Mignolet is an exceptional goalkeeper. He did very well indeed for us today and I’m delighted with him.
I’m happy with the point after the way the game transpired.
Stoke is a difficult place to come to. I know we’re racking up a number of headlines with the draws but there’ll be a point where those draws turn into wins.
Today’s point could be a vital one come the end of the season.
When you’re away from home, not losing is the priority, it’s a point on the board and we need to keep going and build on that.
All the best,