Next Game

Everton v Stoke

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 10:00

Friendly Match

Hughes: Frustrating afternoon

Mark Hughes was disappointed to see all of Stoke City's good work at Arsenal undone by three set-piece goals.

Last Updated: 22/09/13 at 19:15 Post Comment

The Potters have a reputation for being a side difficult to breach from dead-ball situations, while offering a considerable threat at the opposite end of the field, but they were undone on three occasions by the Gunners at Emirates Stadium.

Hughes admits it is unlike Stoke to be hurt in such situations, but feels his side offered enough in north London to suggest there will be better days to come.

He told Sky Sports: "Obviously we're disappointed to have lost three goals from set-plays.

"I don't think Arsenal over the years have scored many goals from set-plays, certainly not three in one game. Against us it's more galling, I think.

"Yes, we're disappointed but we certainly made a right fist of it and I think we tried to get the ball down, passed and moved and tried to pull them out.

"Just prior to their third goal I thought we had total control of the game and they looked tired, given that they had a tough game in midweek. I thought we created opportunities.

"As it was, the third goal really knocked the stuffing out of us and it was very difficult for us to get back on terms then. But I thought up to that point we were always in the game and playing the right way."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Palace confirm Cabaye talks

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has confirmed the club are in talks to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Tottenham 'agree' Alderweireld deal

Tottenham have agreed a deal for Atletico Madrid central defender Toby Alderweireld, according to reports in Italy.

Liverpool linked with Balde Diao swap

Liverpool are in talks with Lazio over a player-plus-cash deal for striker Keita Balde Diao, according to reports in Italy.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company