Hughes backs promising Stoke

Mark Hughes was happy with a "well-fought" 0-0 home draw against West Brom, but believes his Stoke side will only get better.

Last Updated: 20/10/13 at 15:13 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Stoke were perhaps fortunate to come away from the game with a point after Stephane Sessegnon wasted a golden opportunity late on for West Brom, though Stoke had their own chances throughout the game.

Stephen Ireland and Marko Arnautovic were both impressive for the home side, and Hughes was happy in general with a well-earned point.

"It was a decent, well-fought draw," Hughes told Sky Sports.

"West Brom are a good team. People have seen that before today's game, but we were unable to get a great deal of momentum.

"We didn't put them under enough pressure in the second half, but having said that Marko Arnautovic and Stephen Ireland had chances."

West Brom manager Steve Clarke was left disappointed with the decision not to award a penalty to his side after Youssouf Mulumbu was seemingly felled by Charlie Adam.

While Hughes agreed his side may have been lucky, he felt they deserved their share of fortune, especially following their late 1-0 defeat at the hands of Fulham last time out.

"Possibly, the old adage is that decisions even themselves out," he added. "It's one of those things. We had things go against us last time."

Hughes was quick to praise shot-stopper Begovic, whose man of the match performance rescued a point for Stoke on numerous occasions.

One particularly impressive stop came in the final minutes however, as Sessegnon broke through a beleaguered Stoke defence but could not find a way past the imposing Bosnian.

"He's spread himself really well. We were trying to be positive and get the three points as the home side, but West Brom are always a threat on the break.

"Sessegnon capitalised on some loose play but Asmir did really, really well.

"We're all grateful for that moment, but we know that he's a top class keeper.

"In the end we're satisfied because our keeper has made an outstanding save, which has protected what we had."

Having gone since August without a league win, Stoke's main worry could well be their lack of goals. It's now three consecutive league games since they last scored - in a 3-1 loss to Arsenal.

Remaining positive was Hughes however, who was adamant that, given time, things will click for a side who are transitioning to a new style of play.

"We keep looking at different things," he said. "We aren't a million miles away.

"We had opportunities and once we get on the end of things we'll be fine.

"Today was important to just take something out of the game."

Things get no easier for Stoke however, with a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the offing.

Although the Premier League holders are struggling under David Moyes' tutelage, Hughes anticipates a tough game, but insists his side can come out on top despite their own poor form.

He commented: "That's the Premier League for you. It'll be difficult, but maybe we'll be able to capitalise on some of their attacking play, like West Brom did against them."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

European Qualifiers: Daniel Sturridge won't be in England squad, says Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Roy Hodgson has agreed to leave Daniel Sturridge out of his England squad.

Sky Bet Championship: Fulham thump Bolton, Huddersfield win at Wolves, Leeds held

Fulham thrashed Bolton 4-0 in the Championship, while Huddersfield won at Molineux to deny Wolves top spot.

Premier League: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet delighted Lee Cattermole stayed at club

Gus Poyet believes keeping Lee Cattermole was the best transfer decision he has made while at Sunderland.

Mail Box

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

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