Hughes Pleased To Silence Critics

Stoke City v Arsenal

MARK HUGHES admits that his players answered their critics in the best possible fashion on Saturday evening as they claimed three huge points against title-contenders Arsenal.

The Club have received criticism from some quarters in recent weeks, with certain sections of the media questioning the Potters apparent ‘lack of ambition’ in the transfer market.

However, despite that, four of the Club’s recent acquisitions shone on their home debuts, with the most recent capture, Jesé, netting a dream debut goal to ensure a perfect start to the campaign at the bet365 Stadium.

“Maybe because of the fixtures we are facing during the early stages of the season, some people saw thought we would be an easy target,” he told the media following the 1-0 triumph.

“They asked questions of our ambition, myself as a manager and the players, and for me, that has been hugely unfair.

“We have had some criticism because we haven’t splashed millions of pounds of new players, which is bang out of order in my view because our owners have made huge investments in this Club.

“Our view is that if you are stronger at the end of the window than you were at the start then it is a case of job well done, and in my view we most definitely are.

“There are still two weeks of the window left open too, so we are very pleased with where we are at right now, and we feel that we can go on and have a really successful season.”

Hughes admits that his decision to hand Paris Saint-Germain loanee his debut for the Club just three days after signing for the Club was a gamble.

“It was a gamble, there is no doubt about that because he has only had two days training with us,” he added.

“I just thought that given what I had seen from him on the training pitches, and the fact that he was desperate to be involved and make an impression, it was a gamble worth taking. Thankfully, it paid off.”