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Alex Neil makes cheeky dig back at Sunderland’s Tony Mowbray after Stoke draw at Middlesbrough

Manager Alex Neil makes a cheeky dig back at Sunderland’s Tony Mowbray after Stoke’s 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

The Potters boss oversaw his side pick up a stunning 5-1 victory over his old club at the Stadium of Light earlier this month, with Dwight Gayle getting two of the goals and taunted his former club’s rivals.

For that game, Stoke had 44% possession and still somewhat managed to thrash the Black Cats, with the atmosphere turned toxic.

Mowbray’s side got back on track when they won 1-0 against Norwich, and after that, he made a claim about Stoke’s tactical approach.

Speaking to Sky Sports (as per Stoke Sentinel), Mowbray said: “This is the Championship.

“One week you play against a team [Stoke] who are not really interested in the ball.

“They play a mid-block, they know how we play, they wait for us to try to not pass through them because we’ve got no Ross Stewart to play over the top, we’ve got no blistering speed to turn them around.

“They wait, they wait, they stick it to their three strikers who are all diving forward and we lost a couple of goals from set plays and so we lost five goals.

“It doesn’t change anything for me.

“We knew we were playing against a football team (this weekend) who were going to be good with the ball.”

On Tuesday night, Stoke picked up a draw at Middlesbrough, following wins against Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers.

It wasn’t the greatest of starts for the Potters has they fell behind, Middlesbrough’s Chuba Akpom finding the net in the first half, however Ki-Jana Hoever levelled the scoreline and had two second half chances brilliantly kept out by Zack Steffen.

After seeing his side pick up a point, Neil responded to Mowbray’s comments after the fixture.

In an interview conducted with Sky Sports, Neil said: “I think a lot of the work we have done, I think we had five loans start this evening, do you know what I mean?

“A lot of the guys weren’t here until the end of January, a lot of our business was done literally on the last day.

“But I think you can now start to see how I want our team to play.

“I think, for me, we look a good side and not bad for a team that plays without the ball, are we?”

He ended it with a smirk he couldn’t hide.

This is what fans had to say as Alex Neil makes a cheeky dig back at Sunderland’s Tony Mowbray after Stoke draw at Middlesbrough…

@brandonhilton_: Imagine saying what Mowbray said after getting battered 5-1 at home 🤦‍♂️

@AnonymousPnefc: their rivalry goes back quite a number of years now, PNE vs Blackburn was the only lanc derby in the championship and Neil always got the better of Mowbray. #pnefc

@LScotty2706: Neil has always had the upper hand on him

@paulthomase: You just have to look at the table and backing a manager has. Neil has the money behind, strikers available and an established championship squad. Yet, we’re above them in the table. Nice one Tone! 👍🏻

@riley_79: It’s goals that count Tone. He’s hated Stoke since his WBA days where he never let up about being a football purist.

@DuffySafc32: Mowbray would flatten him anyway

@ftbl_nb: someone remind stoke where they are in the league they’re not good enough to start shit talking yet

@Millwallryan96: How have Stoke gone from the utter shite that played us few weeks back to this is pretty good going. Looking back was a great win for us

@jameswalsh1993: Mowbray is a bitter bastard. He’s talking absolute shite as well because we had 58% possession in that 5-1 demolition for a start

@joey__burton__: He’s probably right though – it’s not a criticism, it’s just the way they play, & it gets results – quite a few of their wins this season have been in games where they haven’t seen as much of the ball. against us Stoke had 44% possession, against Swansea 38%, 39% against Reading.

@MarleyHannan: Mowbray rattled the twat 🤣

@RussellDutton: I’m loving this, we now have a manager not afraid to enter into a bit of banter and this can only bring that sort of Pulis togetherness in the dressing room. I really don’t know who Mowbray has sent to scout us but has he seen us literally camped in opponents half’s this season

@Stokie_Matt74: Alex Neil I fecking love you fella 🤣🤣

@ST4_Cal: Hold that Tony ya cretin

@PlannerMarj: Mowbray is right tbf. I loved Alex Neil, he did a great job, and I’m not as down on him as many of our fans, but a lot of the football was brutal. Some of that gets forgotten given the run we went on. #safc

@DavidHindmarsh7: They’re both right in fairness. Since Neil has made a few signings & gotten his style across, Stoke look a decent side, but it’s a side that rarely dominate the ball & are more dangerous on the counter than against sides who sit back against them🤷‍♂️

@past_sunderland: Quite funny this actually in all fairness. End of the day, they tortured the other week and we deservedly got nowt #SAFC

@andyoots: Always liked his deadpan, let’s face it, did the perfect job on us Mackems a week or so ago, absolutely battered us with or without a ball – loyalty may not be his strong point, but he was pivotal in getting us out of the mire and looks like he’s coming good for Stoke. Fair dos.

@padders01: Love this guy. Shove that up your backside Moanbray 😂😂🤯

@sot_1997: Hahaha shithouse! Fits right in😎

@jmastoke13: So much time for Alex Neil throwing a little bit of shade back at Tony Mowbray. The sort of thing you love to see from your gaffer

@Bruno10scfc: Go on Alex 🤣🤣😉

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