Alex Neil knows it will be an important milestone as Stoke City try to pick up consecutive wins for the second time this season, but he is encouraged by more than just the results of recent weeks.

Stoke host Millwall this afternoon thanks to an important morale-boosting win at Swansea earlier in the week, while fifth-placed Gary Rowett’s Millwall have just taken four points from Sheffield United and Burnley in their last two matches.

It has been an on and off season for Stoke and wins over Sheffield United and Preston North End in October are the only time they have followed one win with another. But they’ve won three of their last six, the coach is convinced there should have been four, and he wants to end the season on a positive note.

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Neil said: “I don’t think it’s been (recently) in terms of performance. The Blackpool game put a monkey wrench in the works in that regard. If we had won that game, we’d be having a slightly different conversation right now.

“I understand that goals change games and decide games, but we had a lot of chances to win that game regardless of the result.

“That’s naturally frustrating for us, but you don’t always do things your way, so it’s all about how you bounce back, and I think we bounced back great (Tuesday).”


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