West Brom 1 Stoke City 2: Mark Hughes thrilled with 50 points

West Brom 1 Stoke City 2: Mark Hughes praises the Potters after a strong first season under the Welshman

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Mark Hughes praised Stoke City after their victory over West Bromwich Albion saw the Potters reach 50 points for the season.

West Brom defender Gareth McAuley put the ball past Ben Foster to give the visitors the lead before Baggies forward Stephane Sessegnon levelled the match.

To get 50 points on the board in the hardest league in world football is a huge achievement for a club such as Stoke

Mark Hughes

But Stoke finished their first season under Hughes on a high after Scotland international Charlie Adam netted an 87th-minute winner.

“We talked at length at the beginning of the season about what we wanted to achieve,” Hughes told BBC Sport.

“Maybe some players thought we were being unrealistic because it was a big ask and at times at the start of the season it was a bit of a struggle.

“But in the second half of the season we’ve been fantastic in terms of understanding what was required. To get 50 points on the board in the hardest league in world football is a huge achievement for a club such as Stoke.”

Meanwhile, West Brom manager Pepe Mel reiterated his desire to remain at the Baggies after replacing Steve Clarke earlier this year.

“Yes – but only in the knowledge that we have lots of possibilities to compete.

“I am going to listen to the chairman to find out what he wants for the future. Ten players are out of contract and we will need eight or nine players to come in.

“West Brom still have time to decide whether or not they want next season to be one as full of as many problems as this one.”


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