Hughes - Palace Was A Disappointment
Manager Mark Hughes has admitted Stoke City need to get their act together following defeat to Crystal Palace this weekend.
Heading to Selhurst Park for the game, we took the lead through Xherdan Shaqiri but Palace were quickly back on level terms and then we switched off in the box again late on and left two of their players free around the six yard box and Mamadou Sakho hit the winner.
Stoke have now conceded more goals than anyone else in the division and Hughes knows that needs to change.
Speaking to the Official Website as he met with the media following the game, the Welshman explained.
'It was harsh and we didn`t deserve that in my opinion, but the fact is, once more, we haven`t defended well enough in those key moments. Certainly towards the end of the game when you know the home side are going to throw balls into your box, you know you are going to have to deal with those situations.'
Hughes went on to say.
'For the most part we did do that, but when it came to it at the end, they score their winning goal because we weren`t able to do things in the appropriate manner. In fairness, you look at both of their goals which were very similar and it is frustrating that nobody took the initiative or nipped things in the bud to stop things developing. When you take risks like that then you are always open to being punished, which we were once more today.'
'It is a real shame because we should be here talking about a fantastic goal from Xherdan Shaqiri winning us three points away from home, but sadly we won`t be doing that now.'
Having thrown a game away for a second time in the last week, Eric Pieters held his hands up and admitted we simply had to get it right against Liverpool in midweek.
'The positive thing with the Premier league is that there is always another game around the corner, and thankfully we have two at home next week, the first being on Wednesday. That is a huge game for us because we need to show our fans that we believe in ourselves, that we believe in the group and we believe in the manager. Allowing teams back into games is something the gaffer has spoken about, and the boys have mentioned as a group because on Monday we also let the lead slip twice. Again we were 1-0 up today and it simply isn`t good enough to keep throwing these advantages away - it wasn`t good enough today, and that includes myself.'
He went on to say.
'We are a team and we win, draw and lose together, but the first goal today was from my mistake and I am honest enough to hold my hands up and acknowledge that. We of course had enough chances to score more goals, and even though we wouldn`t have been happy with the draw we could have accepted it - we simply can`t accept this loss.'