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Hughes Sees Positives Despite Loss

Mark Hughes

MARK HUGHES says he will take the positives from his side’s vastly improved showing against Burnley despite the anguish of watching Ashley Barnes strike a last gasp winner.

The Potters looked far more resilient at Turf Moor than they did at Wembley Stadium three days earlier, but were left to rue a lack of killer instinct at the top end of the pitch as the Clarets snatched all three points just a minute from time.

Speaking to the media following the match, Hughes said: “It wasn’t the result we wanted and it wasn’t the result we deserved to be perfectly honest.

“I thought my guys were absolutely magnificent in standing up to the challenge they faced here tonight, especially on the back of what happened at Wembley on Saturday.

“We knew what they would do tonight and we restricted them to very few opportunities, in fact I think their goal was the only shot they had on target all evening."

“Unfortunately we lost Kurt Zouma which diminished our ability to deal with balls in the air, and as it happened a long ball forward found its way through to their lad, who finished well to be fair to him to win them the game.

“Please don’t anybody tell me that was what they deserved because there is no way that we or they deserved that tonight.

“I have a group of players who are good at this level, and they are working incredibly hard to put this run of form behind us.

“It is difficult at the moment, we are going through a tough period, but the lads stood up to the challenge tonight and gave everything they had to try and get a positive result.”

He added: “I told them after the match that if they can produce what they produced moving forward then we will be fine - I am already looking forward to the West Ham United game on Saturday - it’s a big one and one we need to win.” 

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