Mark Hughes rues missed chances as Stoke fall to Newcastle
By Michael Hincks
Last Updated: 16/09/17 9:12pm
Mark Hughes was left disappointed with Stoke's finishing after they fell 2-1 at Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.
Newcastle handed Stoke their first defeat since the opening day of the Premier League season thanks to Jamaal Lascelles' second half winner.
Xherdan Shaqiri had levelled for Stoke following Christian Atsu's opener, but Lascelles proved to be the match-winner for the second straight weekend.
Hughes was left ruing Stoke's missed chances, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting firing over from close range before Mame Biram Diouf sent a header wide in injury time.
"We had clear-cut chances with Choupo-Moting and Diouf. In fairness, their keeper made a couple of outstanding saves so we created a fair number of chances," Hughes told Sky Sports after the match.
"We weren't able to capitalise on that and made a couple of mistakes in terms of the goals that we conceded.
"We're disappointed because we came into the game in good form. It was a little bit different for us as Newcastle sat back, and they've got decent pace.
"It's about us learning and understanding when we play a team who will sit back. We were not quite as accurate as we need to be."
Stoke were guilty of missed opportunities, with Rob Elliot making a number of outstanding saves, though Newcastle also spurned a number of opportunities.
Joselu was facing Stoke for the first time since leaving in the summer, and the forward could have had a hat-trick on another day.
However, it was Lascelles who rose highest to hand Newcastle all three points - via a big deflection off Kevin Wimmer - leaving Stoke on five points after five games.
"It was a good ball and Lascelles is active in the area. He's just got up over Wimmer so that's disappointing but it was a good header," Hughes added.
"We're doing okay after a tough period of fixtures. It's no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have a game in the League Cup in midweek and Chelsea at our place, so they keep coming thick and fast."