Bee sting hardly the best start for Nathan

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By HEC­TOR NUNNS

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.”

WIN BONUS: Rice with pal Marko Ar­nau­tovic HAM­MERED HOME: De­clan Rice fires the win­ner IRON GI­ANT: Ar­nau­tovic salutes the home crowd

KILLER THIRD: Rico Henry

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