Hughes: We let ourselves down

Mark Hughes claims his Stoke players let themselves down for the first time this season in Sunday's defeat to Norwich.

Last Updated: 29/09/13 at 19:30 Post Comment

Hughes suffered his first defeat at the Britannia Stadium after Jonny Howson's goal earned Norwich a deserved three points.

Potters chief Hughes had no complaints with the result, conceding too many players were below-par in the game.

Asked if Stoke deserved anything from the game, Hughes told Sky Sports: "Not a great deal in all honesty. Too many players were below-par today.

"It's a Premier League game, soyou need as many players playing at the top level of their game as you can. Unfortunately we had too many not quite at the races and as a consequence it was quite an easy result for Norwich to obtain to be perfectly honest.

"In fairness to them since I walked through the door the group I have worked with have been excellent and it was only today that they let themselves down.

"So we will pick ourselves up, it's a disappointing result and a poor, poor result and I know we are better than we showed today.

"On another day I am sure we will be much better but today for whatever reason we weren't quite at it.

"We never got any pace or power into our game which is unlike us."

Hughes admitted his side could have easily been awarded a penalty early in the second half when Leroy Fer looked to have tugged back Kenwyne Jones in the box, but Hughes was not looking for any excuses for the defeat.

"If the referee sees it I think he would agree there was an infringement so if he has been held back it should have been a penalty, but we are not going to hide behind that as we need to play better than we did today," concluded Hughes.

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