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Hughes disappointed by Stoke

Stoke manager Mark Hughes was disappointed with his side's performance in their 3-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday evening.

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Mark Hughes: Felt too many Stoke players had off days

Mark Hughes: Felt too many Stoke players had off days

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Stoke remain in 10th position in the Premier League but missed the chance to close the gap on Newcastle above them as Mohamed Salah, Frank Lampard and Willian earned Chelsea a comfortable victory.

Having gone into the game on the back of three straight wins and only one defeat in nine, Hughes was disappointed his side did not make more of a game of it at Stamford Bridge.

"I was disappointed in what we produced," he said. "In recent weeks we've been a lot better than that.

"You have to come to places such as Stamford Bridge and make sure you put in a good performance as a team but we had too many who didn't hit their maximum today.

"In the end we weren't able to ask enough questions of a good Chelsea team

who, on the day, didn't really have to get out of second or third gear to take

the game away from us.

"We needed to make a better fist of it than we did. That's the disappointment

from our point of view."

Stoke host ninth-placed Newcastle at the Britannia Stadium in their next game.

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