Hughes: Cup game not to blame for Leicester loss

Date published: Sunday 24th January 2016 10:00

Mark Hughes: Admitted Stoke City were poor at Leicester City

Mark Hughes: Admitted Stoke City were poor at Leicester City

Mark Hughes does not believe Stoke City’s upcoming Capital One Cup tie at Liverpool was to blame for his side’s poor showing at Leicester City.

Stoke created very little at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, with Joselu’s header straight at Kasper Schmeichel their only real effort of note.

The Potters will have to be much better when they travel to Anfield on Tuesday to try to overturn a first leg deficit in their Capital One Cup semi-final.

Hughes does not think his players had the Liverpool game on their minds, but he expects an immediate response from them.

“Maybe subconsciously they did, but I hope not,” said Hughes.

“But no, I don’t think so. It wasn’t a great day for us and we didn’t produce anything of note. We’re an honest group and this was just one of those days to forget, I think.

“We are a lot better than we were able to show but that’s credit to Leicester, who work exceptionally hard and press you in all areas of the field.

“We couldn’t deal with that and we couldn’t retain the ball in key areas of the pitch because of the pressure we were put under, which was disappointing.

“You can’t win Premier League games if you don’t have a good number of players playing really well, which we didn’t have.

“We needed to be better but we’ll be looking to bounce back quickly – we have managed to do that more often than not. We have a huge game on Tuesday and I expect my team to respond very quickly.”

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