MARK HUGHES says that it is imperative that his side learn their lessons after ten-man Birmingham City clawed themselves back from 3-1 down to take Tuesday evening’s Capital One Cup 4th Round clash to penalties.
The Potters looked to be well on course for a routine victory thanks to strikes from Oussama Assaidi, Peter Crouch and Marko Arnautovic, only to be taken to extra-time courtesy of Tom Adeyemi’s first-half strike and a late double from Peter Lovenkrands.
Substitute Kenwyne Jones’ fourth goal of the competition restored the visitors advantage four minutes in, before a late leveller from Olly Lee sent the exhilarating tie all the way to spot-kicks.
Speaking to Stoke City Player following the game Hughes revealed his frustration at seeing his side almost succumb to defeat in a game that should have been over in normal time.
“I will keep on harking back, but it shouldn’t have even got to that point. We will take the prize that was on offer, which is a spot in the last eight of the Capital One Cup and move on,” he said.
“We will hopefully keep on progressing in the competition but there are a lot of things that we need to learn from tonight.
“I am obviously pleased to have got through, but we need to be better in similar circumstances in the future, that is for sure.
“At times we showed a little bit of naivety in seeing out what was required of us, especially when we were comfortable in the game at 3-1 up.
“We should have very comfortably seen the game out, but for whatever reason we weren’t able to do that. We need to get to the bottom of why we weren’t able to do that.”
He added: “At the end of the day though we progressed, and we are through to the Quarter-Final of the cup, which at the start of the evening was the priority.”
The draw for the last eight of the competition will take place live on Sky Sports following Newcastle United’s encounter against Manchester City on Wednesday evening.