Hughes Pleased With Leicester Fightback
Manager Mark Hughes has hailed the character of the Stoke City side as we came from behind twice to take a point from Leicester City this weekend.
Hosting the side at the Bet365 Stadium for the tie, Leicester twice took the lead but goals from Xherdan Shaqiri and Peter Crouch had us level on both occasions and Hughes was delighted with the spirit on show on the day.
Speaking to the Official Website as he met with the media for his post game interviews, the Welshman explained that it was the perfect way to back up last week's victory over Watford and ultimately it was nothing less than he felt we had deserved.
'The least we deserved for our endeavour and determination to come back today was a point, so we are pleased with it. We could have won it right at the death when Kasper made a fantastic save, but it wasn`t to be and I think both sets of players will go home relatively pleased today.'
Hughes went on to say.
'Playing against Leicester City is always incredibly difficult given their pace and qualities in attacking areas, so we knew we had to be alert to stop them from getting in behind as often as they like to do. We were the home side so we had to try and force the issue on occasions which meant they had some joy in catching us on the counter-attack - but we expected that to a degree. To come from a goal behind on two occasions against Leicester City is no mean feat, so you have to give a lot of credit to our guys for coming away from the game with something to show for their efforts.'
Having picked up his 52nd Premier League headed goal, Crouchie also took praise.
'We changed things around a little bit in terms of our set-up and personnel to try and get back on level terms, and as he has done on so many occasions for us Crouchy dug us out of a hole. Never mind his age, whilst he may have been a plan b for us recently, if he continues in this vain of form then it won`t be long until he is plan a.'
'In fairness, he put his hand up a couple of weeks ago and wanted to give us 20 minutes, maybe when he shouldn`t have done given his injury, but that typifies the character of the guy. I have said it on so many occasions before, but he really is invaluable to us, and he is a unique player in terms of what he can offer - just as he showed once more today.'