Thomas is expected to be start in goal tonight for Stoke City when they play away to Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup. Speaking ahead of the game, Thomas stated: ‘We have had a good run in the competition so far, and we go into [the game against Birmingham] knowing that a spot in the Quarter-Finals is up for grabs for the winner. We are desperate to progress, and we are desperate to keep this run going, because if you do that then all of a sudden you are in with a very realistic chance of lifting a trophy at Wembley. With the FA Cup success that we had a couple of years ago, we won one or two games early on in the competition and then all of a sudden the excitement built-up and we were there in the final. If we win the game at Birmingham on Tuesday then we will be in the last eight, and it will then start to get really exciting for everyone just as it did when we played West Ham at the same stage in the FA Cup at the Britannia Stadium. It is a competition that I would love to win, and I know all of the other lads will be doing everything in their power to win it too. First though we have to overcome Birmingham City, which won’t be easy.’
The game will be only the third appearance so far this season for Thomas, with both others also coming in Stoke’s Capital One Cup games, as Asmir Begovic continues as the Potters’ ‘League ‘Keeper’. Speaking about the goalkeeping situation at Stoke, Thomas said: ‘Of course, it isn’t easy to work hard in training all week long and then come Saturday not have the chance to go out and play Premier League matches. I understand the situation though because Asmir has been absolutely fantastic for the past 18 months, and probably rightly so he is the current number one. It’s part of life and you have to understand that as a goalkeeper, you won’t get the opportunity to just come on for ten minutes and make an impression – it doesn’t work like that. All you can do is keep working hard, bide your time and then enjoy the opportunities that you do get, which are for me in the Capital One Cup. I have had a great career though and I know that I have frustrated a lot of ‘keepers by keeping them out of the side. At the moment Asmir is doing that to me, but I am still enjoying my time here at Stoke, and I thoroughly enjoy coming in for training each day.’
Birmingham City v. Stoke City kicks off at 7.45pm tonight at St.Andrews. The full article can be found here on Stoke City’s official site.