Bee sting hardly the best start for Nathan
NATHAN JONES insisted there is no quick fix for struggling Stoke after a battering from Brentford.
The former Luton boss was left shell-shocked as the Bees ruined his first game in charge with a devastating display.
A slapstick own goal from Ryan Shawcross, plus other strikes from Said Benrahma and a first club goal for Rico Henry did the damage.
And it meant no fairy-tale start for Jones, brought in after Gary Rowett was sacked for failing to keep Stoke in the promotion shake-up.
Benik Afobe got what proved a consolation goal.
Jones said: “It is quite raw after the defeat but we will evaluate and debrief. I have only been in two days, so we can’t revolutionise the place in that time.
“We came here with a brave shape and asked the team to do certain things.
“But we didn’t have the best start, conceding a poor goal from a set play.
“Moving forward we want to be positive and play a certain way. We want to build something here, we are a work in progress – but it wasn’t a good day today.”
Brentford took the lead after just seven minutes with a comical own goal from Shawcross.
Benrahma made it 2-0 in the 17th minute for only his second league goal of the campaign.
Afobe halved the deficit for Stoke.
But in the 54th minute, Henry buried a 25-yard shot into the bottom corner.
Bees boss Thomas Frank said: “That is the best performance since I became head coach. We were dominant and in control. Even a ‘worldie’ – one of two shots for them – didn’t affect us.
“We needed others to step up and get goals to help Neal Maupay and they did.
“As regards Nathan, we say as coaches, ‘You can’t create magic’. Stoke are where they are because things needed doing.
“But he has a philosophy and system and I am sure he will turn things around.
“I wish it was January 31 now and we keep our whole team. I want to keep them all.”
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