MARK HUGHES felt Stoke City’s draw against Southampton was a fair result, despite Asmir Begovic re-writing the record books.
Begovic became only the fifth ‘keeper in Premier League history to get on the score-sheet as he fired the Potters into the lead after just 14 seconds.
The high-flying visitors hit back before half-time through Jay Rodriguez and 1-1 is the way it stayed on a windy and cold afternoon at the Britannia Stadium.
Hughes told stokecityfc.com: “I think it’s a good point, given the circumstances and the conditions and the opposition we were up against today.
“I think people saw again today that Southampton are a very good team, as they’ve proved by going to places like Old Trafford and Anfield and getting positive results.
“We were fortunate with the first goal but we had other good chances in the first half. Ryan Shawcross’ opportunity springs to mind, right in front of the goal and he should have done better with it.
“I think 2-0 would have been too much for Southampton to come back from but at 1-0 you know that they may get an opportunity and take it. I just feel that both teams will be comfortable with the fact the game finished a draw.”
Begovic will capture all the headlines after bagging the quickest goal to be scored by a ‘keeper in the Premier League after his clearance downfield, helped by the gale force wind, bounced over Artur Boruc who was stranded off his line.
Hughes added: “It was a fortunate goal, quite bizarre really but we were grateful for it.
“You could tell as soon as the two centre-halves decided to let it bounce that the goalkeeper was going to be in trouble.
“I don’t think I’ve seen a goalkeeper do that. It was great for us but it was a difficult day for both teams and unfortunately the conditions spoilt it.
“To give Asmir credit it was a great strike – he put his foot through it and technically he was perfect. He’s very pleased with it and he tells me he’s looking to score a few more!
“With hindsight, the wind was more difficult to play with than it was to play against. I thought Southampton were probably the better side in the first half and I thought we edged it in the second half, in terms of chances and try to win the game.”