Stadium of Light

Next Game

Sunderland v Stoke

Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Third Round

Loftus Road Stadium

Last Game

QPR 2 - 2 Stoke

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Hughes enjoys Stoke comeback

Mark Hughes expressed his delight at getting three points in his first home match as Stoke City manager against Crystal Palace.

Last Updated: 24/08/13 at 20:33 Post Comment

Mark Hughes: Was pleased to win in his first home game as Stoke manager

Mark Hughes: Was pleased to win in his first home game as Stoke manager

Goals from Charlie Adam and Ryan Shawcross gave the Potters a 2-1 win despite trailing at the break.

The turnaround pleased Hughes and the team's all-round improvement in the second half encouraged the former Wales manager.

"Yeah I really enjoyed it, it was a little bit difficult for us first half, I think Palace pressed us well high up the pitch," he said.

"It was difficult for us to play our football and get out. In that period, obviously, we made an error and unfortunately we conceded as a consequence but we picked ourselves up.

"Second half we knew we had to do better and we did that - got back on level terms - the crowd got behind us and we saw the game through when we got that second and, thankfully, the winning goal."

Succeeding in doing to Palace what the visitors had done to them in the first half was instrumental in getting the win the Stoke manager argued.

"Second half we were much better, more positive and I thought we were more dynamic as well getting up to the ball and as a consequence we rushed the Crystal Palace players into errors," Hughes said.

"We saw the game out in the end quite comfortably, I thought."

He was also full of praise for goalscorers Adam and Shawcross, commenting: "I was pleased for Charlie, his finish was excellent.

"He didn't have much time to understand the situation with very little back lift but he guided it into the bottom corner and Ryan just showed will and determination to ride a tackle and make a situation out of nothing.

"I think that epitomises what we did in the second half."

A change of style is part of Hughes' remit at Stoke and he is confident his squad are up for the challenge, if given time.

"There's change afoot, people understand that," he added.

"I think they understand we'll make mistakes. I'm confident that the way we want to play is something we're more than capable of. I'm confident we'll get better."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Arsenal win 3-0 at Aston Villa to end the hosts' unbeaten start

Aston Villa’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by a devastating goal blitz as Arsenal enjoyed a 3-0 away win.

Premier League: Newcastle draw with Hull City as Papiss Cisse scores two

Substitute Papiss Cisse saved the day for Newcastle and under-fire manager Alan Pardew in their 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Premier League: Victor Wanyama earns Southampton 1-0 win at Swansea

Victor Wanyama broke the resistance of 10-man Swansea as Southampton left the Liberty Stadium with a 1-0 win.

Mail Box

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

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