Stoke City 2 Crystal Palace 1: We will get better, insists Hughes

Stoke City 2 Crystal Palace 1: Mark Hughes insists the Potters will improve after a slender win at the Britannia Stadium

Stoke City
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Crystal Palace
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Mark Hughes insisted Stoke City will play better this season after the Potters came from behind to beat Crystal Palace at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke fell behind in the 31st minute when former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakhcapitalised on lacklustre defending to score.

However, Scotland international Charlie Adam equalised midway through the second half before Ryan Shawcross netted the winner in the 62nd minute.

“They didn’t create too many open chances but we created one for them, which was uncharacteristic from the skipper,” said Hughes.

“At 1-0 down we needed to do something in the second half. We needed to be more on the front foot and ask more questions of Palace and I thought we did that. We were much more dynamic, got up to the ball better and were quicker in everything that we did.

“As a consequence, we got back into the game. It was a great finish by Charlie because he didn’t have a lot of time to understand the situation he found himself in but he dispatched it superbly.

“And Ryan made amends for his mistake at the other end. He showed great determination; more determination than their guy and got his reward.

“At 2-1 with the crowd behind us I thought we saw the game out quite comfortably, albeit we needed Asmir Begovic to come and claim a few of the balls they were knocking into the box just to take the momentum away from them.

“Overall, I’m delighted with three points and we move on. We will play better than that this season but I’m pleased to have got the win.”

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