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A Professional Performance - Hughes

Manager Mark Hughes

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18:10 4th January 2014

City boss pleased by manner of victory...

MARK HUGHES declared himself pleased with the controlled manner in which his Stoke City side secured their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser.

The Potters overcame Championship leaders Leicester 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium after dominating proceedings for much of the afternoon.

Kenwyne Jones set them on their way with an early goal – his fifth in three cup appearances this season – and Charlie Adam doubled their advantage with a second half strike before Leicester mounted a late fight back and bagged what proved to be a consolation goal courtesy of David Nugent.

Hughes told stokecityfc.com: “I thought we showed a lot of control in the game. Obviously, you expect the opposition to come out flying and that was certainly the case in the first five, ten minutes.

“We had to get through that and once we’d done that I thought we showed real control and scored two good goals. We gave them a little bit of encouragement with the goal we conceded, so the last 10 minutes or so was a little bit frenetic and we had to defend well.

“I think collectively we were good today. It was important we gave the competition and the opposition the level of respect they deserved and I thought we did that.

“I wanted to give Kenwyne a run-out because he has been very patient and hasn’t played that much because Peter Crouch has been doing really well for me.

“Kenwyne came in, acquitted himself really, got a good goal and could have had a couple more. I was pleased with his performance and Charlie had a really positive effect on the game and scored another great goal.

“We had a number of good performances but collectively I was happy with the control we showed.”

Hughes reserved special praise for goalkeeper Jack Butland, who marked his full debut for the Club with a number of fine saves particularly in the closing stages as Leicester finished strongly.

He added:  “I thought Jack stepped up to the mark in that period, making two good saves for us. I thought he was really assured in his work for us today and showed what everyone at the Club knows – and most people outside the Club know – that he’s outstanding young ‘keeper. We’re pleased with his performance.

“I thought it was important to pick the recognised back four because Jack hasn’t played too often with them and it was important he had the benefit of that because he’s going to be in goal for a couple of weeks I would suggest.”

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