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We Weren't At Our Best - Hughes

Mark Hughes felt his team can perform better after having to settle for a share of the spoils against Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday evening.

The Potters had taken first half lead through Peter Crouch's fourth goal in his last three home games against the Swans but a second half strike by Chico Flores earned the visitors a point on a blustery night in Staffordshire.

Hughes told "I was a bit disappointed to be perfectly honest because we know we can play better than that.

"It was a difficult evening in terms of the conditions but it was the same for both teams and probably Swansea in the way that they play adjusted to them better with the ball on the deck and good movement.

"When you can go ahead in a game it is down to you to see it through and we weren't able to do that which was disappointing.

"You have to credit Asmir has made a couple of great saves and we've cleared one off the line so Swansea to their credit caused us a few problems tonight. However we still felt we had two valid shouts for a penalty.

"When Peter Crouch went through and got clipped I think everyone in the crowd had seen what had happened but unfortunately the referee deemed it was one of our players which wasn't the case.  

"There was another occasion when Wilfried Bony handled inside the area which I felt was quite obvious and stopped the ball going through to Peter 

"They were two big moments from our point of view that weren't given which we were disappointed about but overall we know you can play better and on the night a draw what more than we could have asked for."

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