Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross and many price per head sportsbooks do not believe that the squad’s performance against Birmingham City on Tuesday in the League Cup was acceptable.
Price per head sportsbooks saw that Mark Hughes’ players were eventually able to win 4-2 at St Andrew’s on penalties, but had a difficult match against the Championship side, as they let the hosts to draw level three times as extra time finished with the sides level at 4-4.
The captain felt relieved that his side booked a place in the quarter-finals, but stressed that a much better performance is needed if Stoke are to do anything against Southampton on Saturday in the Premier League – in a match that will be very closely followed by price per head sportsbooks all over the world.
“It’s brilliant we’re in the next round but that’s the only thing we take from the game to be honest,” the defender told Stoke’s official website.
“It was a very disappointing performance from everyone and we need to have a good look at ourselves before Saturday to make sure we’re better because that’s not good enough.
“To get through to the next round is great but you’ve got to have the performance to match that. We should have cruised through the game but we didn’t.
“We’ve got to be more professional, we’ve got to see the game out. It’s a disappointing performance but ultimately we’re through to the next round.”
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Stoke’s fans and price per head sportsbooks following the club were not very happy at all to see that the team were not able to win in their last six Premier League matches, and will see what will happen when they host a Southampton side that in the top flight only lost one time all season away from home.
Pay per head services following the club hope to see the squad make very good improvements, and many are confident that they’ll prevail.