Late debutant Davies has had a big say in Stoke's revival

Notts Forest 1, Stoke City 4.

STOKE have not only avoided relegation to League One, they've done it in style.

Successive wins against Brentford and Forest have assured the Potters another season in the Championship.

Only a few weeks ago was looking like 'mission impossible' and the drop down into League One appeared inevitable.

Then goalkeeper Adam Davies, who has had to wait an entire season to make his first team debut, came onto the scene to play a major part in Stoke's incredible late end-of-term revival.

Since then, Davies, Barnsley's Player of the Year last season, has conceded just two goals in Stoke's four-game unbeaten run, after coming into the side to replace the injured Jack Butland.

His contribution has been exemplary and a fabulous first-half double save in last night's big win at Forest again underlined his outstanding ability, arousing more speculation about former England keeper Butland's future at the bet365 Stadium.

Thanks to another assured display between the posts by Davies Stoke were able to build on Danny Batth's 19th minute opening goal.

It was the introduction of Josh Tymon from the bench in the 71st minute that applied the icing to the cake for Stoke.

Tymon, making his first appearance since January, set up the goals for James McClean (73') and Gregory (78'), after replacing Oakley Boothe.

Forest had drawn level through Portuguese defender Tobias Figueiredo in the 61st minute, as they battled for the win that would assure them of a play-off spot, but Tymon's speed and determination down the left was the undoing of the hosts.

To add to a miserable night for Forest striker Nuno da Costa Jola turned the ball into his own net in the sixth minute of added time.

FORMER Stoke boss Nathan Jones has pulled off an incredible escape act with Luton Town after returning to his former club.

The Hatters had not been out of the Championship bottom three since Boxing day, and were six points from safety, when Jones returned for a second spell in charge during lockdown.

But a string of excellent results under Jones' charge concluded with a 3-2 win at home to Blackburn Rovers last night edged them out of the drop zone at the death.

Picture: Stoke City goalkeeper Adam Davies has played a major part in the team's revival.


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