Stoke end season on high with stunning away win

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Stoke City went out on a high last night with an excellent 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest, a result which denied their opponents a play-off place.

Manager Michael O'Neill made one change going into the game with Jordan Thompson coming in for Sam Clucas.

Danny Batth headed the Potters in front on 19 minutes, the central defender's third goal in four games.

Tobias Figueiredo equalised for the home side just after the hour mark.

Stoke restored their lead through James McClean on 73 minutes.


Five minutes later Lee Gregory added a third.

An own goal from Joia Nuno Da Costa in the 90th minute sealed the win - it also meant Forest missed out on the play-off's by one goal following Swansea's dramatic 4-1 win at Reading.

Boss Michael O'Neill said: "It was a great performance, we knew it would be a difficult game, Forest had a lot at stake and a lot to play for.

"I thought we played well in the first half deserved to be ahead, we had to defend at times in the game as we knew we would do, you are not going to come here and not have to defend. I thought our reaction after they scored was terrific, really pleasing because as I said before the game, we've not won enough or gathered enough points away from home this season, its something we need to address going forward, so react as we did, carry the threat we did and to run out 4-1 winners was very pleasing.

"Josh Tymon is a young player who has not had many opportunities, I think probably the system a 3-4-3 suits him better than playing as a natural left back. He has pace and quality, there is no doubt he's felt on the outside of things in the last couple of years and its easy for a young player to lose his way.

"Hopefully that performance gives him hope because the young players have to do more to get in the team and that's helped Josh tonight. We need consistency, we don't need cameo roles we need young players that can really affect the team I believe there is a real player in Josh Tymon, but he has to believe that as well and I look forward to him coming back in a positive frame of mind in readiness for the new season."

Stoke finished 15th in the Championship table.


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