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Uhrencup Triumph A Bonus For Hughes

Mark Hughes

MARK HUGHES says that claiming the Uhrencup was the icing on the cake after declaring himself more than pleased with the way the Potters week-long stay in Switzerland had panned out.

The City boss saw his side come through three high profile matches within just 10 days of returning to pre-season training, with triumphs over Neuchatel Xamax and BSC Young Boys ultimately claiming the Welshman his first piece of silverware with the Club.

Portuguese side Benfica's 5-1 hammering at the hands of Swiss Super League runners-up Young Boys ensured the Uhrencup made its way back to the UK for the first time since Ipswich Town claimed it in 1963.

Speaking to the media shortly after being made aware of the result elsewhere, Hughes said: "Apparently so, which is quite a nice thing to hear to be perfectly honest.

"Winning the cup wasn't something we were putting any emphasis on to be honest, given that we have only just come back to training and were looking to get the lads through the matches.

"The fact that Benfica got beaten 5-1 by Young Boys probably shows our performance and result against them on Wednesday in a good light.

"As I said before our priority out here was to get good work into the group and game time in to their legs too, which we have managed to do, but winning the Uhrencup is a nice added bonus."

He added: "Hopefully it's just the first of several trophies that we can win together."