MARK HUGHES has lavished praise upon his players after they etched themselves into the Club’s history books by securing a highest ever Premier League finish.
The Potters recorded their 13th victory of the campaign against West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the campaign to hit the 50-point marker and in the process secure ninth position in the table.
Gareth McAuley’s own goal had given the advantage to the visitors during a dominant first half showing, however a second half strike from Stephane Sessegnon appeared to have claimed the hosts an undeserved point from the encounter.
Substitute Charlie Adam struck home a sublime winner just four minutes from time though to record his side a remarkable fifth consecutive league victory at the Hawthorns.
Speaking following the game Hughes felt his players were fully rewarding of their final day victory, despite allowing Pepe Mel’s side to drag themselves back into the encounter following the interval.
“We were probably guilty of allowing them back into the game when we were in total command of the match to be perfectly honest,” the Welshman said following the game.
“Certainly in the first half I thought that we had total control over West Bromwich Albion and created a number of good opportunities to have taken the game away from them.
“Had we have converted them then we could have come in with a more comfortable advantage, but as it was we had just the one and when that is the case there is always the possibility of the home side coming back at us.
“That is what they did for a short period early in the second half, where unfortunately we conceded an equaliser.
“That said, I was always thought we were a threat at the other end of the pitch and felt that we deserved to get that second goal to secure the win.
“Charlie came on for us and made an impression for us once again, and his great strike secured us the win today and enabled us to hit the 50-point mark that we have spoken about for a long time.”
He added: “We always felt that 50 points would get us a top ten finish, but we have actually bettered that and finished in ninth, which we are absolutely delighted about.”