Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sporting ExcitementSporting Excitement

Premier League

Port Vale striker Tom Pope lives up to his promise as he scores in FA Cup clash with Man City after slating Stones

TOM POPE lived up to his promise – as he scored in Port Vale’s FA Cup third-round clash with Manchester City.

The veteran forward, 34, once tweeted he’d score 40 goals a season if he went up against John Stones every week.

Pope scored against City to back-up his comments about Stones from June

And Pope held up his end of the bargain by nodding home his side’s equaliser at the Etihad after beating Taylor Harwood-Bellis to the ball and angling a header past Claudio Bravo.

While Stones was not at fault for the goal, Pope will surely breathe a sigh of relief for having an impact on the game after such big talk just seven months earlier.

After England slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Holland in June’s Nations League semi-final, Pope tweeted: Just watched the highlights of the England game!

“I know Im a League Two player, I know he plays for England.

“I know hes on 150k a week, I know hes a million times better player than me but Id love to play against John Stones every week! Id get 40 a season!

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

He then used the hashtags Soft and WeakAsP**s.

In another tweet, Pope wrote: As a targetman, you could wear him like a Johnny. Just absolutely zero aggression. A targetmans dream.

Ahead of the FA Cup third-round clash, the veteran forward claimed he meant no ill-will against Stones – and stands by his comments from last summer.

Pope said: Hes world class but isnt very physical. Id love to play against someone like that every week rather than a League Two 6ft 5in meathead who wants to butt you at the back of the head.

My tweets have been taken slightly out of context. People have been texting me, Ha! Ha! See you against John Stones now.

I wasnt trying to belittle him. I said he was a million times a better footballer than I am, technically hes brilliant.

“But for a big man, a big striker like me, I go out every week and watch the weaknesses in a centre-half and think, Ill play off him.

People have tweeted me, See if you can score a hat-trick against Man City in the FA Cup. But Im not playing for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and the like.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

From a personal perspective, as a targetman Id rather play against a John Stones every week than a Vincent Kompany.

Pope beat Taylor Harwood-Bellis to the header to equalise against City

Pope continued by saying he hopes he can have jokes about it all with Stones after the game, adding: Ill try to have a laugh with him. Ill also tell him it wasnt meant to be derogatory.

Yes, people look at it and say, Hes taking the mick out of John Stones. But Ive already said hes a world-class defender on the ball.

Hes playing for Manchester City for Gods sake, not in League Two like me.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Advertisement
Advertisement

Latest

Boxing

JOSHUA BUATSI faces his biggest test yet when he takes on Craig Richards in a big South London battle at the O2 Arena. The...

Boxing

JARRELL MILLER is set to make his boxing comeback on June 25. The shamed heavyweight has not fought since November 2018 following two high...

Boxing

PRINCE Naseem Hamed is living up to his regal nickname by becoming a neighbour of the Queen. The ex-world featherweight boxing champ is relaxing...

Boxing

AMIR KHAN backed Conor Benn to become the UK’s next pay-per-view star… but fears Eddie Hearn is “holding him back”. Khan was once lined...

Formula 1

McLAREN’S decision to join Formula E could prove to be a masterstroke — both on the track and in the boardroom. The legendary Formula...

Boxing

FLOYD MAYWEATHER wants to “get it on” with Amir Khan – but the British boxing legend will not be talked out of retirement. Khan...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook