Ewood Park

Next Game

Blackburn v Stoke City

Sunday, 03 August 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

1860 Munich 2 - 0 Stoke City

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 16:00

Friendly Match

Hughes delighted with victory

Mark Hughes was delighted with Stoke City's performance during their 3-1 home win against West Ham United on Saturday.

Last Updated: 16/03/14 at 07:55 Post Comment

Mark Hughes: Saw his side win

Mark Hughes: Saw his side win

The home side went behind to an Andy Carroll header early on but responded with two strikes from Peter Odemwingie and one from Marko Arnautovic.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Hughes admitted that he was pleased with the result but had hoped his side might have started better.

He said: "It was frustrating because we talked all week about the threat at set-pieces.

"But we showed character and I thought we were excellent in the end.

"We stood up to West Ham United in the second half man for man and you knew at some point we would get a chance or two.

"It's a huge three points, we're tenth in the league and looking good."

With the game level at 1-1, West Ham thought they might have had a penalty when Marc Muniesa appeared to handle in the box with Carroll challenging.

Hughes thought the referee got the decision correct by not pointing to the spot, adding: "I don't think he knew much about it. He challenged Andy Carroll and you could argue he was impeded too.

"Either way, I don't think we'd have lost anyway."

Stephen Ireland picked up the man-of-the match award and his performance came as no surprise to Hughes.

Hughes added: "I thought he was excellent from start to finish and it's frustrating he didn't get on the score sheet.

"I know what quality he has and he's doing really well."

Stoke travel to Aston Villa next weekend in the Premier League.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester United's Juan Mata backs Louis van Gaal's winning mentality

Juan Mata has hailed Louis van Gaal and believes that the Dutchman will bring a winning mentality to Manchester United.

Transfer news: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger prepared to take gamble on Calum Chambers

Arsene Wenger admits signing Calum Chambers from Southampton is somewhat of a gamble, but one he believes will pay off.

Friendly: Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos in Chicago

Raheem Sterling scored a lone early goal as Liverpool beat Olympiakos 1-0 in Chicago in the International Champions Cup.

Mail Box

Reasons To Believe That Van Gaal Will Be The Best

Some supporters sound oh so confident on Louis Van Gaal's excellence. Plus thoughts on shirt sales, best signings, football sevens and a good deal more besides...

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property