Hughes: Shawcross deserved the benefit of the doubt

Date published: Saturday 28th November 2015 7:54

Mark Hughes: Stoke boss pondering his weekend line-up

Mark Hughes: Stoke boss pondering his weekend line-up

Stoke boss Mark Hughes feels referee Mike Dean lacked common sense when he chose to send off Ryan Shawcross in the defeat at Sunderland.

The Potters were beaten by late goals from Patrick van Aanholt and Duncan Watmore following Shawcross’s red card for his second caution shortly after the break.

Hughes was unhappy with Dean’s decisions to both dismiss Shawcross and award the free-kick from which Van Aanholt opened the scoring.

He said: “I felt the referee should have used common sense, to be perfectly honest. Ryan feels he got a touch on the ball – if that’s the case, then he’s got their first, so the referee should have given him the benefit of the doubt.

“He didn’t, so he’s made the decision with the help of, I think, his assistant on that side of the field, who got involved, so we are down to 10 men.

“Even at that point as the game progressed, I didn’t think Sunderland really created a great deal and didn’t cause us too many problems even with one less man.

“They needed another break – they got it because the referee for the decision for the free-kick totally wrong. The lad Johnson has just dived, basically, just jumped out of a non-tackle, basically.

“Obviously, the strike itself is a great strike – it takes some strike to beat Jack from 30-odd yards, so you give the boy credit for winning the game for Sunderland.”

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    Ian Watson
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    Stoke boss Mark Hughes feels referee Mike Dean lacked common sense when he chose to send off Ryan Shawcross in the defeat at Sunderland.

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    #718859
    selbystokie
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    From where he was, Mike Dean couldn’t have seen the that the tackle was in fact a good one. Shawcross got to the ball first and it wasn’t a foul, let alone a booking. But, Dean was poor for most of the game, so it wasn’t a big surprise. The Sunderland jinx goes on and although we were the better team for long periods in the second half we missed the extra man and also didn’t play anything like as well as against Southampton. I thought that bringing Diouf on would spark our attack and we would perhaps snatch an unlikely win, but he was very poor and unlike his usual self. Roll on Tuesday for the cup game and hope that we get a better ref and also play better ourselves. Then, of course, we have the league leaders on Saturday who we will have to play without Shawcross which is another blow that Mr Dean has inflicted on us.

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    Hudson72
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    The tackle for which he was sent off for was a perfectly good one.
    But Ryan should have been off in the first half for two bookable offences…He took out their wide player which should have been a yellow and then took out Fletcher which should have been his second. Its probably more Dean having been told he got it wrong in the first half jumping the gun in the second half.
    The one area we continue to be short in, and have been for the PL years, is a real potent striker. There were times yesterday when there was only one in the box when the ball was out wide and we haven’t got anyone capable of someone like Vardys speed in behind defences.
    We’ll be fine but we need to start converting the dominant play into goals…..greatest example was Saints last week when they should have been buried 3 or 4 – 0.
    Role on the cup game and progression to the semis

    #719285
    selbystokie
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    On the first instance, Dean spoke to Ryan about his challenge, so he obviously didn’t think that it was a bookable offence. Had he booked him then, who is to say that Ryan would have made the same challenge on Fletcher knowing that he was already on a yellow card?. So the argument that he should have gone in the first half doesn’t matter. What does matter is that he was yellow carded for a foul that he did not commit and that handed the game to Sunderland. Having said that, it was an off day for the team as a whole with no one really playing well – and we were still better than Sunderland for a lot of the game, particularly in the second half with only ten men.

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    Mark Holmes
    Mark Holmes
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    I completely agree with you on the red card, selby, and will be making the same point tomorrow when the TT staff review the weekend’s big decisions.

    As for our striker problem, I firmly believe Diouf is the answer, but who knows what sort of mental (or physical come to that matter) state he is in after losing his mother. But once he is back to his best and playing regularly, he will make the runs to give the three behind him more options. Hopefully we’ll see it against Man City next weekend.

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    selbystokie
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    I agree about Diouf, Homzy, but it will take time. Losing a parent is bad enough, but in the way he lost his mother must have really hit him hard. Judging by his display when he came on on Saturday he does seem to be still suffering as he didn’t look interested at all and his usual big smile was missing. As for Shawcross, I have assumed that his one game ban will be in the league and will be OK to play in the cup tomorrow – have I got it right? It will be a bonus if he is OK for Saturday.

    #719471
    Mark Holmes
    Mark Holmes
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    It’s the other way around, selby. He’s out tomorrow but can play against Man City – result!

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    LAKELAND-POTTER
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    Mark, although he hasn’t played for us since his mother died, Diouf has played and scored twice for Senegal in the International break. So there should be no problem as regards match fitness or mental strength if he plays today. His only problem MIGHT be a lack of sleep down to having a new baby in the house!

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