MARK HUGHES hailed his side’s second half display after they had come from behind against Crystal Palace to secure his first Premier League win as Stoke City boss.
The Potters were trailing 1-0 at the break but stepped on the gas to overcome Ian Holloway’s newly-promoted side, courtesy of quick-fire goals from Charlie Adam and Ryan Shawcross.
Midfield ace Adam levelled matters after 58 minutes with a cool, instinctive finish and four minutes later Shawcross bagged what proved to be the winner as he fired past Julian Speroni.
It was particularly sweet for captain Shawcross, whose mistake had led to Palace taking the lead through Marouane Chamakh.
Hughes said: “We were a little bit apprehensive in the first half but credit to Crystal Palace because they pegged us back.
“It was a little bit difficult with the wind in our face to get out of our own half in the first half and we were a little bit too respectful of Palace. We didn’t get in close enough to them to get their heads down and they were able to pick passes in between the lines which gave us problems.
“They didn’t create too many open chances but we created one for them, which was uncharacteristic from the skipper.
“At 1-0 down we needed to do something in the second half. We needed to be more on the front foot and ask more questions of Palace and I thought we did that. We were much more dynamic, got up to the ball better and were quicker in everything that we did.
“As a consequence, we got back into the game. It was a great finish by Charlie because he didn’t have a lot of time to understand the situation he found himself in but he dispatched it superbly.
“And Ryan made amends for his mistake at the other end. He showed great determination; more determination than their guy and got his reward.
“At 2-1 with the crowd behind us I thought we saw the game out quite comfortably, albeit we needed Asmir Begovic to come and claim a few of the balls they were knocking into the box just to take the momentum away from them.
“Overall, I’m delighted with three points and we move on. We will play better than that this season but I’m pleased to have got the win.”