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Erik's Mixed Emotions

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DUTCH international defender Erik Pieters admits to having mixed feelings following his Stoke City debut at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

The former PSV Eindhoven star impressed in his maiden outing for the Club in front of the live television cameras, but he feels a sense of injustice at leaving Merseyside empty handed.

Daniel Sturridge's first half strike secured all three points for the hosts, with Republic of Ireland ace Jonathan Walters spurning a glorious chance of snatching a point for his side with an 89th minute penalty miss.

"It was great to get out there and make my first Premier League appearance, but I feel disappointed that we weren't able to get the point that I feel we deserved," he told stokecityfc.com.

"On the balance of play you could say that they probably edged it, in terms of possession and opportunities, but we had chances too, some very good ones.

"It's just too bad for us that they managed to score a goal and we didn't. We feel disappointed because we felt that we could come here and get something from the game."

The highly rated defender says that he and his Stoke City teammates will take plenty of positives out of the game, and feels that the side are equipped to make an impact in the Barclays Premier League this season.

"I think that it was a good spectacle for the supporters today, with two teams going out there playing good football and both being intent on trying to win the game," he said.

"We played some very good stuff, as did Liverpool. Unfortunately for us they score one goal more than us and on the day that is what separated us.

"We will take a lot of positives away from it though, because we acquitted ourselves well, we kept the ball well and we did create some very good chances against a very good team."

He added: "We have some very good players here, and I am sure that we will have a good season. We are still becoming accustomed to what the manager wants us to do, but I feel we are getting better and better all the time."

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