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Battling point for Stoke who are all but safe

Picture - Danny Batth heads home Stoke’s equaliser

Stoke City have all but assured themselves Championship football for another season following a 1-1 draw at Bristol City this evening.

Manager Michael O’Neill made just one change going into the game following Sunday’s victory over Birmingham.

Lee Gregory replaced Tyrese Campbell who was on the bench.

The Potters went behind on the stroke of half time when Filip Benkovic opened the scoring.

Stoke equalised midway through the second half, James McClean with a pinpoint cross from the left and Danny Batth stooped to send a powerful header into the back of the net.

It was defenders second goal in as many games and one which was even more pivotal as it all but secure safety for Stoke.

They moved onto 50 points and are currently 17th in the table and with a better goal difference than the seven teams below them in the table.

BRISTOL CITY v STOKE

Manager Michael O’Neill said: “I thought it was a very good point for us I thought we were better team for large portions of the game 80 minutes really and to concede the goal at the time we did was disappointing.  

“We should have been ahead in the game, we had a lot of opportunities a lot of really good play in the first half. We showed great character in the second half to get ourselves level, we had chances before that, we hit the post and bar and then we defended well for the last five or six minutes of the game, we were very tired you could see that.

“There were a lot of positives today I thought their character was immense and the least we deserved from the game was a point.”

Stoke are back in action this Saturday lunchtime in their final home game of the season whey entertain promotion chasing Brentford.

Kick off at the bet365 stadium is at 12.30pm.

 

 

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