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We Got The Job Done - Hughes

Mark Hughes

MARK HUGHES admits that victory was the sole order of the day after overseeing his side claim a crucial three points against Swansea City on Saturday.

The Potters had gone four fixtures without tasting success in the Premier League, but bounced back to winning ways in front of a jubilant home crowd at the bet365 Stadium.

Wilfried Bony’s expertly taken opener after just two minutes set alarm bells ringing in North Staffordshire before two goals in four minutes from Xherdan Shaqiri and Mame Diouf turned the game on its head.

Speaking following the game, Hughes was understandably delighted with the character his players showed after suffering a major early setback.

“It was a different type of performance today to be perfectly honest, we knew the importance of the game and we just had to go out there and get the job done, which thankfully we managed to do,” he said.

“We would have liked to have got on the ball and passed it around a little bit more than we did do today, but in fairness to Swansea the way they setup restricted us from doing that to a degree.

“It was always going to be a little bit edgy, and even more so after conceding a goal so early on, so you have to give the guys credit for the way they stuck at it and turned the game back in our favour before the interval."

“We wanted to get two guys up front today to put them under more pressure and as a consequence of doing that, the pressure told in the end and we deservedly scored the two goals that swung the game back into our favour.”

He added: “In fairness we maybe should have won the game more convincingly, even though we weren’t at our best, because we got ourselves into good positions on the break on several occasions but just weren’t able to capitalise on that.”