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The FA Cup Fourth Round

Hughes happy with consistency

Mark Hughes paid tribute to his Stoke City side following another pleasing performance against Hull City, but was left to rue missed chances after a 0-0 draw.

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Mark Hughes: Satisfied after another decent display earned an away point

Mark Hughes: Satisfied after another decent display earned an away point

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It was a closely contested game at the KC Stadium and both goalkeepers made good saves, but Hughes felt that his team had the better opportunities.

Stephen Ireland had a goal disallowed and Ryan Shawcross headed against the crossbar, while Peter Crouch was twice denied by excellent Allan McGregor saves.

Hughes nevertheless admitted that he could have few complaints after another encouraging display and hard-earned point away from home.

He told Sky Sports: "In terms of controlling the game, I think we were the side that demonstrated that more than Hull, and in terms of clear-cut chances we had better opportunities.

"We just needed to take one of them and I think that would have been enough to win the game tonight.

"But I am pleased enough with the performance. Any points away from home are gladly received, and the only frustration is maybe that we haven't taken maximum points because of the chances we created.

"In fairness, the keeper played very well for them and made some outstanding saves, but the game itself I felt were totally in control of.

"I never really felt we came under any concerted pressure from Hull, and as the away team I am pleased with that."

Hughes was satisfied that Stoke finished the stronger side as they kept pushing for a winning goal.

"We have players whose first thought is to attack, the likes of Marko (Arnautovic), Oussama Assaidi and Peter (Crouch), who I thought was great today, led the line exceptionally well.

"Stephen Ireland will always be a threat with his running and willingness to make things happen."

Hughes added: "That is one defeat in eight games now, so we have been reasonably consistently of late and I am pleased we are showing progress and we will get better."

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