Hughes: “We were better in second half”

Hughes: “We were better in second half”

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes reflects on today’s performance against Chelsea. He said:

“We weren’t really into the game and in terms of retaining the ball, Chelsea put a lot of pressure, I thought we were much better in the second half It was difficult to go back into the game.”

“Adam had a great vision seeing the keeper off the line. we had gone up at 1-1 and we were happy after that and in the second half there was still pressure, and they get the second goal.”

“In the end Chelsea were quite happy. They have experience of seeing games out and management.”

“So in the end I thought, in the second half we were much better, we showed more belief in what we do.”

“We created the penalty for them, and mistakes and distribution of the ball cost us, we are not going to criticise either of the guys. It happens and we got to pick ourselves up and go again.”

Charlie Adam’s wonder strike caught practically everyone in Stamford Bridge by surprise, none less than Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. But Hughes was one of the few who wasn’t as shocked:

“He was going for goal initially, and he’s got the capability. Credit to him for seeing the keeper off his line and he’s dispatched it so fantastic goal. Shame after the 1-1 we couldn’t capitalise and we made one more mistake that cost us the game.”