Stoke City’s James McClean is said to have been in a busted up at half time with his new teammates during his side’s shocking loss to newly promoted Wigan Athletic.
The Potters, who fall into the relegation zone of the Championship, went into the break 2-0 down when an argument broke out between McClean and keeper Jack Butland as they were running down the tunnel.
Amazing scenes at half-time…looked like Jack Butland and James McClean had a difference of opinion heading towards the sheds that led to McClean sprinting after his goalkeeper and into the tunnel…where’s tunnel-cam when you need it?!?!? #wafc
— Paul Kendrick (@PKendrickWIG) August 22, 2018
According to The Telegraph, Stoke manager Gary Rowett spoke after his side’s defeat that there had been a ‘bust-up’ involving McClean, Butland and Ryan Shawcross.
“Reputations now mean nothing,” Rowett told the media after the game.
“I’ve got to start picking the team on which players deserve to be in, not which players have played in the Premier League for 10 years.
“It was weak and pathetic and if you do that you’re going to lose games of football.
“When you’re not winning games everybody gets a bit edgy and frustrated. We’ve got to take collective responsibility, it’s no good fighting between ourselves.”
The 44-year-old spoke to Sky Sports News, saying: “I’m not going to try and justify any of that. We got the reaction that we absolutely deserved, I’m not going to absolve myself from that, we deserve to be booed, we deserve the stadium being half empty as we haven’t been good enough.
“I’ve got to say to them that I can completely understand their frustrations. I’m not sure whether you can say it was far worse than lots of games last season, it wasn’t a good game and I don’t think there have been many good performances for a long time.”
James McClean has come under fire by both Stoke and Wigan supporters for his woeful performance, they really didn’t hold back their feelings – check out some of the best and most reacted tweets on the next page.
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