Hughes hails Stoke character

Stoke boss Mark Hughes praised the character and determination of his side as they held Norwich to a 1-1 draw after going down to 10 men at Carrow Road.

Last Updated: 08/03/14 at 19:14 Post Comment

Mark Hughes: Happy with the point at Norwich

Mark Hughes: Happy with the point at Norwich

The visitors spurned a succession of early chances in Saturday's Premier League encounter and the Canaries made them pay with a 56th-minute Bradley Johnson opener from a Robert Snodgrass' corner.

But Stoke equalised on 73 minutes via Jon Walters' penalty after substitute John Guidetti had been brought down by Sebastien Bassong in the box before the forward was sent off soon afterwards for a high challenge on Alex Tettey.

The Potters then had to dig deep to see out the draw and take a valuable point from Carrow Road.

Hughes agreed was a good point, telling Sky Sports: "We feel so, given the circumstances of the game.

"It was difficult obviously when we went down to 10 men. We had to hang on to what we had but up to that point, certainly in the first half, I thought we had the better chances, more control of the game and took the game to Norwich.

"I think they had a couple of chances which you expect as an away team to concede, but overall I thought we were the dominant side in that first half.

"Second half, they came out quite brightly and we just switched off on the set-play and they got the opening goal which was a disappointment.

"But we came back strongly and were able to get back on level terms. Then obviously the game changed from our point of view with Walters getting sent off and we just had to dig in and show quality and character and that's what we did and credit to the guys."

Red card

Regarding the red-card incident, he believed both players had their foot high going for a bouncing ball between the pair.

"Unfortunately for the Norwich player, Jon has caught him," added Hughes. "It's going to be deemed as serious foul play but I think it's just one of those situations where unfortunately Jon's caught him and he's gone down and the referee has given a straight red.

"So it's one of those occasions where you don't really think that the punishment fits the crime because we're going to lose him for three games and given the situation in that moment, then it seems a little bit hard to take.

"But that's how it's been for us just lately so I think maybe that helps us in terms of the character and the determination that we showed after that because we weren't to be denied today."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Gundogan yet to make decision on future

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could yet join Manchester United this summer, according to a report from Germany.

Atleti, Arsenal and Liverpool target Vietto

Villarreal are reportedly attempting to renegotiate Luciano Vietto's contract to ward off interest from Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Sepp Blatter plans US trip for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Sepp Blatter is planning to visit the United States to attend next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

Mail Box

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

Francis Is Coq Of The North (London)

There is more praise for Mesut Ozil, but it's Francis Coquelin who gets the big love in the Mails. Plus Lazio, Wilshere swears (who cares?) and an over-capped England...

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