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OPPOSITION VIEW: STOKE CITY

21 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Mark Hughes

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes was happy with a point but felt his team did enough to win Monday evening’s game against the Seagulls in the 2-2 draw at the Amex Stadium. 

The Seagulls twice pegged back the Potters in an entertaining contest in front of the television cameras, and the visiting manager admitted that the manner in which his side conceded the goals was disappointing. 

He said: "Any away point gained is always a good performance. But having got into a winning position on two occasions, that's where the disappointment lies. 

“I think the goals we conceded could have been avoided because I didn’t think they opened us up and I think we made some mistakes and consecutive errors and in this division and at this level they lead to goals.

“I didn’t feel they created much of significance and didn’t really build any momentum, because I thought we nullified their threats and qualities going the other way up the pitch.”

One of the main talking points away from the scoring was an incident in the first half between Glenn Murray and Ryan Shawcross.

The Albion striker tangled with the visiting defender before going down in the area, but despite big protests from both the home players and crowd, referee Lee Mason waved away the shouts for a spot-kick – and Hughes believed it was the correct decision.

“I didn’t think there was too much contact. I felt Ryan shepherded the ball out well and I think the referee did well and wasn’t swayed by the crowd.

“We wanted to play to our strengths and we’ve done well in recent weeks which has raised our confidence as a team.

“This evening and Watford aren’t easy games and we have four points from two tough fixtures. We’re resilient and organised and we have shown once again that we can get results in this league.”


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