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

Friday, 10 August 2018
Manchester United v Leicester City, Old Trafford 21:00
Saturday, 11 August 2018
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur, St. James' Park 13:30
Fulham v Crystal Palace, Craven Cottage 16:00
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea, The John Smith's Stadium 16:00
Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion, Vicarage Road Stadium 16:00
AFC Bournemouth v Cardiff City, Vitality Stadium 16:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton, Molineux Stadium 18:30
Sunday, 12 August 2018
Liverpool v West Ham United, Anfield 14:30
Southampton v Burnley, St. Mary's Stadium 14:30
Arsenal v Manchester City, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

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


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

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.