Date: 5th April 2017 at 12:57pm
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Manager Mark Hughes has reflected on Tuesday evening’s loss to Burnley and it was more a case of frustration for him than disappointment.

Travelling to Turf Moor for the game, Hughes explained to the Official Website that he felt Stoke had been very unfortunate on the day to not take something, if not all three points, from a game that we were largely on top of.

With 15 chances across the 90 minutes compared to their 7, Stoke also edged possession on the day but the hosts took a 58th minute lead and that was how the scores stayed.

Meeting with the media post game to give his thoughts, Hughes knew that he’d got the response he wanted following the loss to Leicester City but we were also extremely wasteful on a clinical front and it cost us.

‘I thought we played well tonight in terms of withstanding what Burnley do by putting the ball into the channels and box at every opportunity. In terms of our play we had a game plan and looked to take their press out from midfield and I thought that worked really well – Joe Allen and Marko Arnautovic and Sadio Berhaino were breaking well as a result and I felt it was only a matter of time before we would score.’

Hughes went on to say.

‘We created a couple of fantastic opportunities when we were clean through but didn`t quite play the right pass or miss controlled and that the disappointing thing for us because we were clearly the side in the ascendancy. We should have been home and hosed after the first half to be perfectly honest. Marko Arnautovic went through a couple of times and should have done better and it continued in the same vein in the second half.’

His main disappointment of course was on the missed opportunities as with better decision making it could’ve been a victory against a side who he knew would be tough to face.

‘It`s frustrating because we just needed that bit of guile at the top end of the pitch to pick the right pass at the right time to take the game away from them. As is with the way Burnley play in terms of percentage football, if they have an opportunity to put it in the box, they will, and it`s a good strike which has won the game for them. It`s a disappointing because I felt we were the better team on the night, the one looking to play and create chances, but we`ve been beaten.’

He ended by saying.

‘I`m much happier with the performance compared to the weekend when we didn`t compete, but we needed to and did tonight.’

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