Hughes ‘pleased’ with Stoke progress after draw against Arsenal

Date published: Sunday 17th January 2016 7:06

Mark Hughes: Happy with his side's performance

Stoke manager Mark Hughes says he is “pleased” after his side played out a goalless draw against Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium. 

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland produced a wonderful display for the Potters to claim a draw, and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was equally impressive with a string of fine saves to keep the Gunners in the match.

The two shot stoppers were undoubtedly the best two players on the pitch, and despite being held to a draw, Arsenal have reclaimed top spot in the Premier League.

And Stoke manager Hughes says that after a number of fine recent home displays, the draw against Arsenal shows the progress of his side.

Speaking after the match, Hughes said: “It was a game between evenly matched sides. Both teams approached the game in the right manner and created chances.

“All-in-all we’re pleased. It shows our progress. Teams have found it difficult to get points here.

“We are showing everyone we have belief in our ability. There was a period where Arsenal had some play around the box without creating too much. It was a similar story at the other end.

“It was a competitive game. At times, there were good opportunities to put the ball in the box and so the only criticism I would have is that we were reluctant to do that.”

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