MARK HUGHES says it is important to take the positives away from Saturday's goalless draw against in-form West Bromwich Albion.
The Potters were largely indebted to the performance of Asmir Begovic for the point they secured, although chances were squandered at the other end during an eventful 90 minutes of action.
The City boss feels that on another day his side could have scored several goals of their own, but was quick to highlight the role that Begovic played in securing his side a share of the spoils.
"It was a difficult afternoon for us, as was expected because West Brom are a very good side who I feel will finish in the top ten of the Premier League this season," he said.
"In the end we are grateful to Asmir because he made several very important saves for us, one in particular in stoppage time which would undoubtedly have won them the game.
"He protected the point that we had, and in the end we are all thankful to him for the saves that he made.
"That said, I feel a draw was probably a fair result because we also had clear cut chances, which we failed to capitalise on.
"Stephen is disappointed not to have converted the opportunity he had, whilst there were also one or two great balls that flew across the 6-yard box, evading the lads who were in the area ready to tap home."
He added: There were one or two aspects of the game today that weren't good enough, but there were positives for us to take away from the game and into next weekend's trip to Old Trafford."
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