The KC Stadium

Next Game

Hull City v Stoke

Sunday, 24 August 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Britannia Stadium

Last Game

Stoke 0 - 1 A Villa

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Hughes: We rode our luck

Stoke manager Mark Hughes admitted his side had rode their luck before seeing off Birmingham on penalties in the Capital One Cup fourth round.

Last Updated: 31/10/13 at 11:42 Post Comment

Mark Hughes: Stoke boss grateful to see his side progress in Capital One Cup

Mark Hughes: Stoke boss grateful to see his side progress in Capital One Cup

The Potters had looked set for a 3-1 victory in normal time at St Andrew's with the home side down to 10 men after Wade Elliott saw red, until Blues substitute Peter Lovenkrands scored twice in a stunning finale to send the game to extra time.

Kenwyne Jones again put Stoke ahead just four minutes into the additional period but Olly Lee made it 4-4 to round off a dramatic 120 minutes.

Stoke eventually progressed 4-2 in the subsequent penalty shoot-out to book their place in the last eight, much to the relief of Hughes.

"Credit to Birmingham, I thought they were magnificent," Hughes said. "They kept on going and they were a credit to their manager and their club.

"With them being down to 10 men we got into a position where we are 3-1 to the good with 20 minutes to go, we should see the game out quite comfortably.

"But for whatever reason - maybe we lost a little bit of focus and ally that to the attitude and endeavour of Birmingham - we allowed them back into the game.

"I'm sure the neutral thought it was a fantastic game, from my point of view it was awful.

"You think the game's done and dusted and it should be, we need to be able to see out games in those circumstances quite comfortably. We showed an unbelievable amount of naivety in terms of what was required to put the match to bed."

Birmingham boss Lee Clark declared his immense pride with his plucky side despite watching them exit the competition.

"You want to win every game and you're hoping the efforts the lads have shown over 120 minutes would be rewarded with the lottery of winning the penalties but it wasn't to be," he said.

"But it doesn't take away the from the fact that I'm immensely proud of that group of players, to a man.

"They've given everything, they've ticked every box - pride, passion, work ethic, quality on the ball and never giving in.

"I think the response between the players and the fans and the appreciation between the two showed that."

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

I

recently had to complete a difficult project at work. I had to come in early, stay late. I even had to work some 7 day weeks. Anyway, long story short, I'm now a member of Britain First. Slippery slope.

sailingmagpie
Will The Laughable 'Banter' Defence Lead To Change?

C

rikey, Spain is so exotic, we have cold Tuesday nights in Stoke, they have hot Thursday nights in Eibar

Gollo
Atletico Ready For Another Title Tilt

Y

es, these stats are right. Rio Ferdinand definitely had a better debut than Fernando.

that man
Top Ten Debutants From Opening Weekend...

Footer 365

Rio Ferdinand would love to manage England after his playing career ends

Rio Ferdinand would love to manage England one day after revealing his long-term plans for a future in football as a coach.

Premier League: Former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay promises to co-operate with FA

Malky Mackay says he will co-operate fully with an FA investigation into Cardiff's text message dossier.

Transfer News: Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc wants to move before deadline

Ronald Koeman has confirmed Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc has asked to move on from St Mary's.

Mail Box

Man United Fans Clutching At Straws

While the focus is on Liverpool's move for Mario Balotelli, one Man United fan tries to convince the mailbox with nine reasons why Angel Di Maria would prefer them to PSG...

Rojo Is A Better Signing Than Hummels

There's some big talk in the morning mailbox, which claims that Man United were right to sign Marcos Rojo instead of Mats Hummels. Plus, one Gooner's happy Arteta's out...

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