Loftus Road Stadium

Next Game

QPR v Stoke

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Britannia Stadium

Last Game

Stoke 0 - 1 Leicester

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Hughes rues timing of goals

Stoke boss Mark Hughes felt conceding a goal just before half-time was the turning point in his side's 4-0 defeat at Everton.

Last Updated: 01/12/13 at 11:16 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The visitors frustrated Everton for most of the first half before Gerard Deulofeu broke the deadlock right on the stroke of half-time and things got worse for Stoke when Seamus Coleman doubled the advantage four minutes into the second half.

Everton completed the rout with further goals from Bryan Oviedo and Romelu Lukaku, and Hughes had no complaints with the defeat after admitting Everton deserved the win.

Asked what the turning point of the game was, Hughes told Sky Sports: "Well, from our point of view probably either side of the half-time break because we were, I think, something like 30 seconds from the half-time whistle.

"If we had gone in at 0-0, I am not saying it would have changed the result, but certainly the scoreline would have been different.

"I felt we were still very much in the game but we conceded a poor goal right on the stroke of half-time which you talk about before the game about key moments and key periods in games, and either side of the half is obviously the key moment, and we conceded two goals in that period either side of it.

"So at 2-0 down you can either accept you are going to get beaten or actually try and get something out of the game which we did with a few changes and tried to chase the game but in the end that hurt us more than obviously trying to keep it a little bit tighter and seeing what happens.

"All in all the two goals either side of half-time was the key from our point of view.

"But in fairness Everton were better today.

"I don't think it would have changed the result if we would have defended better in that half-time period because I think Everton deserved to win on their performance."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Champions League: Jerome Boateng sinks Manchester City as Bayern Munich win 1-0

A deflected late Jerome Boateng strike against his former side was enough for Bayern Munich to beat Man City 1-0.

Champions League: Chelsea draw 1-1 with Schalke at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Schalke at Stamford Bridge in their opening Group G Champions League clash.

Kagawa: My heart stayed in Dortmund

Shinji Kagawa admits life at Manchester United was "particularly difficult", but the playmaker says his heart was always at Borussia Dortmund.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

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