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Defeat to Hull a bitter pill to swallow for Hughes

2016-09-22 14:55
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Cape Town - Stoke City manager Mark Hughes was left frustrated as his struggling side were dumped out of the EFL Cup after a 2-1 defeat to Hull City on Wednesday.

Striker Marko Arnautovic put the Potters ahead after 24 minutes at the Bet365 Stadium, but goals from Ryan Mason and Markus Henriksen saw the Tigers through to the next round.

"We have just gone through 90 odd minutes of total dominance and somehow managed to have lost the game," Hughes said.

"I thought we started the game with real intent and were very much to the fore I felt - we were causing them plenty of problems and they struggled to gain any sort of momentum.

"We scored a great goal and then, probably with their only attack in the first-half their lad has gone and produced a fantastic finish right before the break.

"At that point we were wondering how we were going in on level terms, but to be fair to the lads they carried on their dominance in the second period and were continually asking questions of Hull.

"They looked content to try and soak the pressure up and try to take the tie to penalties, so for us to then lose it right at the end is a bitter pill to swallow, I have to admit.

"We were by far the better team on show, we were the only team trying to make things happen and unfortunately despite creating 23 shots at goal we scored one and they managed to score two of their four or five - it's hard to take."

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