MARK HUGHES paid tribute to Charlie Adam after he stepped off the bench to rescue his side a point with a dramatic stoppage time penalty.
The Scotland international displayed incredible composure to draw his side level at the climax of a pulsating encounter against Europa League side Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
The Potters looked to have thrown away the chance to elevate themselves out of the bottom three having surrendered a two-goal half-time advantage, however, they earned themselves a share of the spoils with virtually the last kick of the game.
“You have to give credit to Charlie for showing the courage that he did in what were very intense circumstances,” Hughes told Stoke City Player.
“He hadn’t been on the pitch for long, but was able to show great composure and dispatch the penalty incredibly well to rescue us a point from the game.”
He added: “We took about our task very well and got ourselves two goals ahead, and truth be told we never saw that second half coming.
“We lacked a little bit of energy in fairness. Stephen took a bang on his foot and was unable to continue, Wilson got another bang and he was struggling and Marko we just couldn’t get in the game.
“Because of that we had to make changes and try to get the energy levels back up again, to the levels that they were at in the first half, but unfortunately it didn’t happen for us. We managed to get the point in the end though and we have to take the positives from that.”
Hughes was unable to hide his frustrations at seeing another lead slip away however, and feels that there are still a number of issues that need to be resolved in the coming weeks.
“It’s a concern for us because it was another very good performance in the first half, but following the break the performance that we put in just wasn’t acceptable.
“We are better than that, and we have to be better than that in future games – there is no doubt about that whatsoever.
“We haven’t quite got the right balance between scoring goals and not conceding at the moment, which is disappointing.
“We have to look at the second half performance and learn what we need to do in similar circumstances in the future.
“When teams pressurise us when we are away from home, we have to learn to deal with it better, because we crumbled today and allowed them back in the game.”