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John Stones: “I’m glad to get on the scoresheet again. We knew that they keep such a high line from set-pieces.”

The Barnsley Beckenbauer is in magnificent form.

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John Stones is a man possessed. His amazing return to form has been a wonder to see. He now has four goals this season after last scoring back in 2015!

Add his defensive renaissance over the last couples of months and he is a new man brimming with confidence and leadership chops. Speaking after the match he spoke about being patient and much more.

Let’s dive in-

“Everyone that came in today deserves every bit of credit for the way we played,” he said. “We fought and stayed so patient, which is difficult in moments like this.

“I’m glad to get on the scoresheet again. We knew that they keep such a high line from set-pieces. I tried to time my run as best as I could. The ball was great from Joao [Cancelo]. We told him to go over earlier to have an in-swinging ball and it paid off.

“I think we’ve all played so many games,” he responded when quizzed regarding the changes to the starting team. “We know that the squad is rotated because of the schedule of whatever it may be that the manager decides. We all know our roles and responsibilities.”

“Definitely. It is a massive honour for me and being out of the England squad has been really difficult for me.

“I’ve worked really hard to get back in the team here and the England call up, if it comes, is progress from what I’ve done here at City.”

“Give a lot of credit to Fulham. The way they play their football doesn’t really reflect where they are in the table.

“They’re a strong opposition and they made it hard for us in the first half. It was hard to find space in the pockets and in behind.

“We corrected a few things and it was great to get three points again and another clean sheet.”

What a season for him. A credit to his resilience and Pep’s confidence and coaching with him.