Stoke City: Jones praises players' attitude
KENWYNE Jones says Stoke's players never doubted they could pull off Saturday's stunning comeback against Southampton.
Stoke looked down and out when they trailed 3-1 at half-time after some poor defending. They were still in huge trouble when they got back to 3-2 only to have Steven Nzonzi sent off on 71 minutes.
However, Cameron Jerome's stunning strike earned City a 3-3 draw in the 90th minute to extend their unbeaten home record to 17 games.
Jones said: "In the second half we needed to come out and show some pride, not just for ourselves, but for the fans.
"We haven't been conceding that many all season and it was a shock to the system that we started like that. Everyone picked themselves up in the second half and we came out and saved the game.
"At no point in time did we think we would lose the game. It was just a matter of us coming back, getting the first, second and third goals.
"Everyone knows what Stoke City is about and they have seen it time and time again for however long. That is just another day for us.
"Why would we feel sorry for ourselves? We've never done that in games, so why would we do it now?
Jones said Nzonzi was unlucky to be sent off for his challenge on Saints midfielder Jack Cork.
Referee Mark Clattenburg decided Nzonzi was guilty of a stamp, but replays showed the Stoke player didn't touch the Saints man.
Jones said: "I believe he got sent off for the action because in no way did he touch the guy. I think he was taking the action a bit too far.
"In football nowadays, you can't do stuff like that and he paid the price. I think it was a bit too much by the player to be rolling around like that when he didn't get touched."
Jones scored with a superb back-heel for City's first goal, but paid tribute to fellow striker Jerome for his rocket-shot equaliser.
He said: "All credit to Cameron for coming on and saving the game. He's been working hard in training and he deserved his goal.
"I hope it's goal of the season. I'll be happy for him if it is. It was a wonderful strike, a wonderful goal and it saved us a point."