Nathan Jones felt his Stoke City side deserved more from this afternoon’s Good Friday clash against play-off chasing Middlesbrough.
Britt Assombalonga’s goal inside the opening 180 seconds proved to be the decisive moment as Tony Pulis’ side picked all three points.
That was despite the Potters being the dominant force for the next 88 minutes, creating a number of opportunities against the Teesside outfit on their own turf.
Benik Afobe arguably had the best two chance either side of the break, heading narrowly wide on both occasions, while City also had a penalty appeal turned down after Sam Clucas appeared to be fouled inside the box.
Jones felt his side were the better side throughout the contest at the Riverside Stadium, but was left to rue that early goal and a failure from his side to apply a clinical touch inside the opposition box.
“I’m disappointed not to have come away with at least a point this afternoon, but it’s a bit systematic at the minute of how we have been,” the Welshman expressed.
It is clear for everyone to see that we do not possess a clinical striker, will we put this right in the summer?