boss Nathan Jones questioned the mentality of his players after seeing his side suffer a fourth defeat of the Championship season at home to leaders Leeds United, who continued their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Goals after the break from Ezgjan Alioski and Patrick Bamford added to Stuart Dallas’ first-half strike to give Leeds their fourth win from five games and leave the Potters bottom of the second tier, with a solitary point.

“I’m a brave manager and we believe we will turn it around but the players have to show responsibility as well,” said Jones.

“It seems when something goes against them they mentally go. When the first goal went in we seemed to lose all the belief that we tried to instil in them.”

Stoke finished 16th last season following their relegation from the in 2017-18, and are now winless in 11 league games stretching back to April.

Former Luton manager Jones. meanwhile, has won just four of his 27 games in all competitions since taking charge at the Bet365 Stadium in January.

“Last year the start here cost one manager [Gary Rowett] his job,” the Welshman added.

“It might cost me mine, you never know. It’s not for the want of trying but something has to change, whether that’s the manager or the mentality of the players.”

Asked whether he has the support of the owners, Jones added: “Yeah, as far as I’m aware.

“I’ve got a good relationship with them, they see the work we are doing but that won’t continue forever. I know that.”

Jones dropped England goalkeeper as he made six changes to the starting XI beaten at Preston in midweek, and handed the captain’s armband to 18-year-old defender Nathan Collins.

“Some are not performing and regardless of stature we have to be fair. I felt I was fair today,” said the 46-year-old.

“There’s rationale behind everything we do. If anyone disagrees with anything, I would love to hear their reasons.

“It was the right decision to make [to replace Butland with Adam Federici]. You have to go with your gut feeling.”

‘We have a long season to play’ – Bielsa

Stoke competed well in the first half but went behind three minutes before the break when right-back Stuart Dallas latched on to a through ball from Pablo Hernandez to finish off a fine team move.

The visitors doubled their advantage five minutes after the restart when Patrick Bamford squared to give left-back Ezgjan Alioski a tap-in from close range, and striker Bamford lashed in a third after Federici palmed an Alioski shot into his path.

Leeds lost in the play-off semi-finals last season having missed out on automatic promotion, but Marcelo Bielsa’s men look set to challenge at the top of the table again – after scoring 10 goals and conceding just twice in five games.

However, former Argentina boss Bielsa says it is “very difficult to predict what will happen” over the course of the Championship season.

“We are playing with the same ideas as last year, but we are losing the ball less and suffering less from counter-attacks,” he added.

“One of the most important things, one of the keys, is that we do not have a lot of injuries and, of course, the positive results affect the ongoing performance of the team.

“We have a long season to play and we will see if the squad we have created is enough, or not enough.”

After seeing Bamford net his fourth goal of the season Stoke eventually had their first effort on target in the 76th minute through Tom Ince, who saw his low shot from range saved by visiting keeper Kiko Casilla.

The margin of victory could have been even greater, but Federici kept the score down in the latter stages by keeping out efforts from Helder Costa and Adam Forshaw.

Ezgjan Alioski (centre) celebrates his goal against Stoke with his Leeds teammates
Patrick Bamford (centre) celebrates his goal against Stoke with his Leeds teamamtes

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 32Federici
  • 37Collins
  • 12Carter-VickersSubstituted forAllenat 73′minutes
  • 5Lindsay
  • 2Edwards
  • 24Cousins
  • 8Etebo
  • 22Clucas
  • 11McClean
  • 31DuffySubstituted forHoganat 60′minutes
  • 19GregorySubstituted forInceat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Butland
  • 4Allen
  • 6Batth
  • 7Ince
  • 14Smith
  • 20Hogan
  • 26Campbell

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 5White
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 90mins
  • 28Berardi
  • 15Dallas
  • 43KlichSubstituted forShackletonat 85′minutes
  • 4Forshaw
  • 10Alioski
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forHélder Costaat 80′minutes
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forNketiahat 74′minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 22Harrison

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 14Nketiah
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 34Struijk
  • 36Gotts
  • 38McCalmont
  • 46Shackleton
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
24,090

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home7
Away21
Shots on Target
Home2
Away10
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, 0, Leeds United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, 0, Leeds United 3.

Attempt missed. James McClean () left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. James McClean () left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Peter Etebo () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Peter Etebo.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Shackleton (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

Attempt saved. Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eddie Nketiah.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Peter Etebo.

Attempt blocked. Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Collins ().

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Mateusz Klich.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Leeds United).

Tom Ince () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tom Ince.

Attempt blocked. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Adam Federici.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

Booking

Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Offside, . Joe Allen tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Hélder Costa replaces Pablo Hernández.

Attempt saved. Tom Ince () left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Hogan.

Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United).

Nathan Collins () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United).

Liam Lindsay () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tom Ince () left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Collins.

Corner, . Conceded by Pablo Hernández.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Eddie Nketiah replaces Patrick Bamford.

Substitution

Substitution, . Joe Allen replaces Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Substitution

Substitution, . Tom Ince replaces Lee Gregory.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Leeds United).

Peter Etebo () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, . Conceded by Kalvin Phillips.

Goal!

Goal! 0, Leeds United 3. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a through ball.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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