Date: 9th January 2017 at 8:19am
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Manager Mark Hughes spoke ahead of the FA Cup third round tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers and warned against not taking the game seriously so you can imagine his frustration and annoyance at seeing the side crash out of the Cup on Saturday following defeat.

Hosting the side at the Bet365 Stadium for the game, Wolves took a very deserved two nil victory and booked their own place in the fourth round and speaking to the Official Website in his post game press conference Hughes slammed the first half performance as he knew it was key to our downfall.

‘We didn`t deserve to get anything out of the tie to be perfectly honest. We started the game incredibly poorly, and despite having plenty of quality in the side we weren`t able to approach it in the right way. We needed to be more aggressive, we needed to be more on the front foot and when we went behind we weren`t really able to shake ourselves out of it.’

Hughes went on to say.

‘Unfortunately as a consequence of that they were able to score a really easy first goal – which was perfect from their point of view. We didn`t engage them quickly enough, we made it easy for them to keep us out and then they looked to catch us on the break when they could.’

Having had a few words at the half time break, Hughes admitted he did see improvement but chasing the game as we were it wasn’t enough improvement to get us back into the tie – but in some ways they could thank their keeper for keeping us out given some of the chances we tested him with.

‘Second half we made a few changes and were decisively better but we had put ourselves in a position whereby we were having to chase the game. To be fair to their ‘keeper he made four or five absolutely outstanding saves, so they have rode their luck to a degree. But credit to them because they came here, performed well and took the game away from us – I wish them well in the rest of the competition.’

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