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Holloway: It's All About Hard Work

24 August 2013

Ian Holloway left the Potteries happier with his sides performance than their one goal defeat against Tottenham on the opening weekend. 

"There was a little spell in the game where Stoke scored a couple of goals and we couldn't get back in it,
"But I thought it was a better performance than last weekend, and I thought the new lads particularly helped the group.
"Chamakh's goal was very pleasing - I know he can score goals and I think he proved he wants to be here.
"But what we have to do is work as hard as we did in the first half all the way throughout the game. Unfortunately the fitness levels showed a little bit.”

Just before he was substituted the striker was at the back trying to clear the danger as Stoke scored but the boss made it clear the change was nothing to do with his attempted clearance. 

"Not at all, no. He did his best to get there. Where were my defenders?
"It was tight and close and I was quite pleased with certain things. but with their first goal, I felt we got it wrong as a group - we didn't get organised.
"Then for the second one, Chamakh tried to toe-punt it out, they made a tackle and it has rolled straight to them.
"When you look at those goals, I am disappointed because we played better than that, but that is this level."

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