Date: 3rd April 2017 at 5:24am
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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has reflected on defeat to Leicester City at the weekend and he knew our failure to take the game to them had contributed to the loss.

Travelling to the King Power Stadium for the game, Stoke travelled home with a two nil loss and with a lack of clear cut opportunities for us on the day, Hughes was left downbeat at the full time whistle.

Speaking to the Official Website in his post game press conference, Hughes explained.

‘We didn`t perform today unfortunately and were half a yard short all over the park. What we didn`t want to happen was to go behind against a Leicester City side because it plays into their hands – they can counter attack and put the ball in behind to Jamie Vardy to move them further up the pitch.’

Hughes went on to say that given we ultimately found ourselves in that position we were chasing the game and Leicester did what they do well – hit us again.

‘It then becomes difficult because you end up chasing the game, albeit at half time we were only 1-0 down. What we said to them didn`t seem to work though because we conceded a second shortly after and at that point made it very hard for us to see a way back. We huffed and puffed to a certain degree but never really put them under any pressure. When we did manage to work the ball into good spaces at the top end of the pitch we didn`t produce the quality that was required. It wasn`t a great day for us – we didn`t make it hard enough for Leicester to win the game unfortunately.’

With the international break and players looking leggy, Hughes knew we couldn’t use that as an excuse because Leicester had players away as well and they looked brighter and sharper all game long.

‘We`ve had a lot of guys on international duty and some of them looked a bit leggy I have to say, but that`s not an excuse, Leicester had players away and they looked brighter and sharper than us. We just needed to be on the front foot more than we were. It`s always difficult against Leicester because as a home side they will always ask questions of you and the one thing you have to do is match what they produce and unfortunately we found that hard to do today. We have a difficult fixture away at Burnley on Tuesday which will be a similar game no doubt. We have to be better than we were today.’

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