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Hughes Delivers Newcastle Assessment

Mark Hughes

MARK HUGHES admits there is no time for himself or his players to feel sorry for themselves after succumbing to an undeserved defeat against Newcastle United at the bet365 Stadium on Monday.

Ayoze Perez’s second half strike secured the Magpies three crucial points and helped elevate last season’s Championship winners up and above the Potters in the league table.

Whilst Hughes says it is difficult to accept his side’s latest defeat, he feels it is vitally important that he and his group stand strong and look forward to the future.

“We are disappointed to have lost the game because clearly we deserved to have taken something out of it,” he told the media following the game.

“Things just aren’t going for us at the moment, this one wasn’t to be and it clearly wasn’t the result we were hoping for.

“We simply have to pick ourselves back up and get on with it because there is no point feeling sorry for ourselves.

“A lot of this is down to our own making, some has been down to misfortune, that isn’t excuse making, it is the reality of things.

“With regards to the game today they have come here and done us on the break late on, just after we had lost Erik Pieters to injury and were having to reshuffle."

“We weren’t able to get guys over quick enough, they put the ball across and end up scoring the goal that wins them the game.

“We had any number of chances to score ourselves though, I seem to recall their keeper making three or four fantastic saves and there were plenty of other opportunities too.”

He added: “It’s fair to say that we are going through a difficult period at the moment, but there are plenty of games left and we will turn the corner.”