Gary Rowett has insisted that his Stoke City side haven’t had luck on their side in recent weeks, as they head into their Championship clash with Bristol City on Saturday.
The former Birmingham City manager spoke prior to Saturday’s tough test at Bristol City bidding to extend their unbeaten run on the road to five games.
But, Lee Johnson’s charges have looked impressive yet again this season after reaching the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup in the last campaign, and pushing close to the play-offs in the latter stages of the season.
Rowett has spoken of his intense frustration of being labelled as favourtites, but up to now, being unable to fufil that tag.
“When I speak to other managers I believe that people are saying that we will come good because contrary to what may be a general opinion.
“If you concede a goal and lose a game, they can still see we are creating good chances in games. We’ve had opportunities to win games.
“We’ve played well in quite a lot of games. I’ll defy anyone to watch the Rotherham United first half and say we didn’t deserve anything.”
He added: “I know there are many more elements to a game but some decisions have gone against us and we probably deserve to be higher in the table than we are.
“I know you don’t always get what you deserve which we have found this season but I think that’s why managers are saying it.”
Some impressive summer signings for the Potters this season have highlighted the side’s intention of bouncing straight back into the Premier League.
Rowett believes how his side are playing this season does deserve some of the plaudits.
“I don’t think it’s just them being nice, I don’t think it’s just because we’ve spent money it’s that they can genuinely see that we should be higher.
“And potentially deserve to be based on the balance of some of the games.
“It’s frustrating but the problem for a manager is that frustration doesn’t really help you.
“It can be frustrating but frustration doesn’t get you more points, it gets you a £2,000 fine and a one-match ban!
“Frustration is not a word I intend to let fester for very long on.”