Sheffield United saw off high-flying Stoke City yesterday and Ian Holloway believes it was a statement message from Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.
The Blades came from behind to win 2-1, as goals from Lys Mousset and then David McGoldrick won the game for Jokanovic’s side against a tough and dogged Potters side.
Jokanovic made the changes to win the game, introducing both Mousset and McGoldrick, as well as Conor Hourihane in the middle of the park. And speaking on EFL on Quest last night, promotion winning manager Holloway believes United sent a message to the rest of the league.
“Three one touch passes and Mousset finished that one. Fantastic. And that’s against a really good Stoke side,” Holloway said.
“What I’m saying is to do that to Stoke City at the moment. That’s waving the flag and saying ‘we’re in with a shout’ this season. He’s the right man for the job.”
It was just United’s fourth win of the season under Jokanovic. However, it was the first time the Blades have come from behind to win, which is a huge boost for confidence levels.
Our View: Jokanovic deserves credit after taking some stick
It was always going to be tough for this Sheffield United side to see of Stoke City. They were flying, and are a tough Championship side with a huge central defender in the mix.
But Jokanovic deserves enormous credit for taking the big decisions and essentially winning the game. Yes, the players had to deliver but it was the Serbian’s call that did it.
After making some questionable team selections at times this season, Jokanovic got it right. And for that, he deserves praise.
United face another tough test against Millwall in midweek. If they can win that one, then the playoff run can really start in earnest.