Stoke City picked up their fourth point of the week so far as they battled to a goalless draw against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on a cold night and backed by a good following, 771 supporters in fact.
The hosts had the greater number of chances, but City threatened , they ultimately settled for a point.
With Saturday’s trip to Luton Town next City head there with another point on the board from this game, but knowing how all the teams around them are also picking up points.
Stoke’s’ first real opening came from Jordan Thompson’s in swinging corner when the ball just evaded the head of Nick Powell. As the half went on, O’Neill’s men were growing into the game Powell went close on occasion, with Clucas and Campbell both finding themselves in promising positions without testing Christian Walton in the home goal.
Powell went close again when his curling effort drifted the wrong side of the post, but neither side was clearly on top as the half time break approached.
The home side had the first chance of the second period when Gallagher found himself in behind the Potters backline, but Butland closed down the space well to block his effort away. Butland was called into action again when Adam Armstrong drove into the City penalty area, but did well to hold his low drive.
At the other end, Campbell forced Walton into action from distance, but Rovers’ ‘keeper turned his effort away.
Stoke take their point and attentions now turn to Saturday’s clash with Luton Town. Not a must win, but probably a must not lose game