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Hughes Full Of Praise For Plucky Potters

Mark Hughes

MARK HUGHES has lavished praise upon his players for salvaging a point against in-form Leicester City at the bet365 Stadium despite having twice fallen behind.

It had looked like it could have been an afternoon of frustration for the Potters as goals from Vicente Iborra and Riyad Mahrez put the Foxes ahead on two occasions, either side of Xherdan Shaqiri’s superb effort.

However, the hosts dug deep to claim a point, and build-upon last weekend’s triumph at Watford, with substitute Peter Crouch netting his 52nd Premier league headed goal to secure a deserved share of the spoils for the hosts.

“The least we deserved for our endeavour and determination to come back today was a point, so we are pleased with it,” the Welshman told the media following the game.

“We could have won it right at the death when Kasper made a fantastic save, but it wasn’t to be and I think both sets of players will go home relatively pleased today.

“Playing against Leicester City is always incredibly difficult given their pace and qualities in attacking areas, so we knew we had to be alert to stop them from getting in behind as often as they like to do."

“We were the home side so we had to try and force the issue on occasions which meant they had some joy in catching us on the counter-attack - but we expected that to a degree.

“To come from a goal behind on two occasions against Leicester City is no mean feat, so you have to give a lot of credit to our guys for coming away from the game with something to show for their efforts.”

Hughes highlighted the role played by Crouch during the final 25 minutes of the encounter, as he played a significant role in helping the home side firstly pull themselves back on level terms and then look the side more likely to claim maximum spoils.

“We changed things around a little bit in terms of our set-up and personnel to try and get back on level terms, and as he has done on so many occasions for us Crouchy dug us out of a hole,” he added.

“Never mind his age, whilst he may have been a plan b for us recently, if he continues in this vain of form then it won’t be long until he is plan a."

“In fairness, he put his hand up a couple of weeks ago and wanted to give us 20 minutes, maybe when he shouldn’t have done given his injury, but that typifies the character of the guy.

“I have said it on so many occasions before, but he really is invaluable to us, and he is a unique player in terms of what he can offer - just as he showed once more today.”

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