Date: 18th September 2017 at 3:22am
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Manager Mark Hughes and Xherdan Shaqiri have both been reflecting on the weekend’s loss to Newcastle United.

Heading to St James’ Park to face last season’s Championship title winners, the hosts took the early lead before Shaqiri had us back on level terms just before the hour mark. Unfortunately they again took the lead to secure all three points in a two one win and having had more possession and the extra shot on target, clearly there was frustration in the air.

Speaking to the Official Website as he met with the media post game, a frustrated Hughes explained that on another day he knew Stoke would’ve taken something from the game.

‘We`ve played better than that in recent weeks in all honesty and that`s the disappointing thing from our point of view. We were a little bit loose in terms of our passing accuracy and general play, but having said that, they looked to soak up pressure and hit us on the break and we had to be vigilant to those moments.’

He went on to say.

‘Towards the end of the game we have just made a mistake for them to take the lead for the second time and that was disappointing having worked so hard to draw level. We had two really good chances at the end which we should have taken. Mame Diouf would normally put away his header and Maxim Choupo-Moting would usually dispatch the opportunity he had as well but it wasn`t to be.’

Hughes ended by saying.

‘We are going to face teams this season, like Newcastle United, who will respect the quality we have by sitting back and soaking up the pressure and we have to be good enough to break them down. Today we were just not at it in in terms of the creativity we needed in the final third. Overall it was a performance that at times frustrated but then at others makes you look back and think on another day, with the chances we created, we could have got something out of it.’

As for Shaqiri with him finding the net on the day, in his own interviews he said the players would use the game as a learning curve as Newcastle were a different type of opponent to those we’d faced in our four game unbeaten run.

‘I was happy that I scored my first goal of the season, but at the end of the day we lost and that is disappointing for us. They only tried to play counter attack; they gave us the respect to have the ball more and they created some very good chances because of that. We have some positives to take from the game as well as negatives that we need to work on. We made a lot of chances but we needed to take them and score more than just one goal.’

He went on to add.

‘Defensively, we needed to stay better and communicate. We didn`t do that as well as we did last week or in the games before. Then on the corners we have to concentrate more and be more aggressive to win headers and our individual battles. When you lose a game you are always disappointed and of course that is what we are feeling. That`s pretty normal but we will stand up and go again, we have a lot of games this season and we have to learn from this type of game.’

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