Date: 4th January 2017 at 2:59pm
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Manager Mark Hughes has been speaking of his delight at the victory over Watford last night.

Hosting Walter Mazzarri’s side at the Bet365 Stadium for the game, Stoke took a first win in six with goals coming from Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch and Hughes was delighted to end the festive run of fixtures with all three points.

Speaking to the Official Website in his post game press conference following the two nil victory, a pleased gaffer explained.

‘It was an important victory for us this evening, and it puts us back up into eleventh place in the league table, which is in and around where we feel we need to be. The performance itself wasn`t tremendous, and we have probably played better in recent games and have been beaten, but that wasn`t what it was about tonight for us. It was all about getting a win under our belts which we were able to get, along with a clean sheet too, which is really pleasing.!

Hughes added.

‘All in all it was a very satisfying evening`s work, especially having not allowed them too many opportunities to put us under any kind of pressure.’

The manager went on to say that he felt the timing of the goals on the day was also important to seeing us to victory and with goal timing working against us in recent matches, he was nice to see it work for us this time.

‘The timing of the goals were crucial for us tonight. We have seen that to our detriment on several occasions unfortunately, especially at Liverpool, and know how goals at key times can affect performances. It was important for us to start the second half brightly, having scored so late in the first, and to get another so soon after the break really put them on the back foot. We were able to capitalise on that and in truth were able able to see out the rest of the game very comfortably.’

Wit Peter Crouch scoring on the evening to secure the win and move himself within two goals of 100 Premier League strikes Hughes also spoke about that post game obviously, but having dealt with it elsewhere I won’t repeat his words here.

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