English Premiership

Hughes hails gutsy Potters

2017-03-09 18:33
Stoke City (AFP)

Cape Town - Stoke boss Mark Hughes was thrilled with the shift his side put in on Wednesday night as they held Manchester City to a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium.

It was a disciplined performance from the Potters as they hardly put a foot wrong to limit the star-studded Citizens to just one shot on target throughout the match.

The introduction of David Silva in the second half for City nearly changed the game as the Spaniard went close on a couple of occasions, but the visitors held on to come away with a share of the spoils.

A delighted Hughes told Sky Sports afterwards: 'Plans and formations and different systems are all well and good, but you need the players to commit to it and that's what we did to a man tonight.

'I thought we had some good opportunities in the first half, and with a little bit more care, we could have capitalised on that.

'We restricted them to very few opportunities and I don't think Lee Grant had one save to make in open play, which tells you how well we did on the night. I was really pleased."

Hughes was especially pleased with the performances of Jonathan Walters and Saido Berahino, having opted to play two up front against Pep Guardiola's men.

'Usually we play in a certain shape but we changed it tonight, going with two up top,' the Welshman added. 'They had to do a specific job for us, and I thought Berahino and Walters were the catalyst for our performance.

'They worked hard and did what was expected of them, which encouraged everyone behind them. I took (Berahino) off at the end but he still had good energy levels. He's up to speed now and will get a lot of games between now and the end of the season.'


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

01 April 2017
Liverpool v Everton, Anfield 13:30
Leicester City v Stoke City, King Power Stadium 16:00
Hull City v West Ham United, Kingston Communications Stadium 16:00
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion, Old Trafford 16:00
Chelsea v Crystal Palace, Stamford Bridge 16:00
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur, Turf Moor 16:00
Watford v Sunderland, Vicarage Road Stadium 16:00
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth, St. Mary's Stadium 18:30
02 April 2017
Swansea City v Middlesbrough, Liberty Stadium 14:30
Arsenal v Manchester City, Emirates Stadium 17:00
04 April 2017
Leicester City v Sunderland, King Power Stadium 20:45
Burnley v Stoke City, Turf Moor 20:45
Watford v West Bromwich Albion, Vicarage Road Stadium 20:45
Manchester United v Everton, Old Trafford 21:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.