Frustrated Hughes wants more from Stoke players

Date published: Sunday 20th September 2015 11:38

Mark Hughes: Felt Stoke deserved their win at Aston Villa

Mark Hughes believes Stoke are “getting closer” to their first Premier League win of the season, but wants a more complete performance.

Goals from Bojan and Jon Walters saw the Potters cruise into the lead at the Britannia, but a Riyad Mahrez-inspired second-half comeback ensured that the search goes on for Mark Hughes’ side to pick up all three points.

Hughes told Sky Sports: “We are frustrated. We put ourselves in a winning position with the level of performance we produced in the first half and we were good value.

“Unfortunately, we conceded in the first five minutes of the half a penalty. At 2-1, you are wary of a change of momentum and, credit to Leicester, they got their tails up and had a go in the second half.

“There are a lot of positives, but the negative is that we still need that first win. There were signs today that we are getting closer, but we need that 90-minute performance.”

Hughes pointed the finger at referee Andre Marriner for both of Leicester’s goals, stating that their penalty was wrongly awarded and that Stoke should have had a free-kick in the build-up to Leicester’s equaliser.

He added: “It looked like Marko Arnautovic had just clipped the lad’s heel. It looked like it was outside, but even so, there was a likelihood that the penalty would have been given because the officials didn’t get too much right today, to be perfectly honest.

“Maybe there was a situation in the opposition half when Jon Walters has been impeded two or three times. I have spoken to the referee and the referee has come out with he didn’t give a free-kick at that point [because] he was playing an advantage, but it certainly wasn’t our advantage because they kicked the ball 60 yards up the field, we miss a header and they score the equaliser.

“You want a level playing field. You hope the officials get the key moments and the key decisions in the game correct, and you hope that if they do get it wrong, it doesn’t affect the result, which you could argue it did today with Andre Marriner and his associates.”

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