Mark Hughes says he would be “delighted” if Stoke could go on to win the Capital One Cup after beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 to progress to the semi-finals.
Goals from Ibrahim Afellay and Phil Bardsley secured the win for the Potters at the Britannia Stadium, putting them into the last four of the League Cup for the first time since 1971/72 – the year they won the competition.
Hughes will have been wary of an upset, with Wednesday having knocked out Premier League sides Arsenal and Newcastle in the two previous rounds.
However, an upset never looked on the cards as Hughes’ side in control for the majority of the match.
Speaking about his team’s win, the Welshman said: “I was pleased with the performance – we got the job done.
“Sheffield Wednesday are a good team, as they proved in previous rounds, and it was important not to underestimate the challenge.
“We went into it with the right mentality, understood what we needed to do well and it was quite a straightforward victory in the end – we didn’t allow them to get any foothold in the game or momentum to their play.
“I’m really pleased with the amount of control and our ability to manage the game to a conclusion.
In regards to Stoke’s chances of winning the competition, Hughes said: “We want to have a good season league-wise, which we fully anticipate we will, but to add a good cup run.
“It’s the first time we have got to a League Cup semi-final in 40-odd years, so it’s been a long time, but now we’re there it’s a case of trying to get to the final.
“We’d love to do that and if we can get silverware, all well and good. We’d be delighted if we could.”
Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal was keen to pay tribute to his players’ efforts over the course of their entire cup run, as well as to the club’s supporters, more than 4,500 of which were in attendance.
Carvalhal said: “I’m unhappy because we are out but I am happy about what we did in the whole competition.
“We put out two strong teams in Arsenal and Newcastle and I must congratulate my players – and our fans, who were amazing again. Our best player was the fans.”
“We played against a very strong team and Stoke deserved to win. They had more of the ball, even though I don’t think our keeper had too much work to do.”