FA Cup: Stoke boss Mark Hughes satisfied with performance in win over Leicester
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes was satisfied with the performance of his side in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Leicester City.
Last Updated: 04/01/14 9:35pm
Goals from Kenwyne Jones and Charlie Adam had given the Potters a comfortable lead, but David Nugent pulled one back to ensure a nervy finale to the game which eventually saw Stoke progress to the fourth round.
Although his men faced a late onslaught of pressure from Leicester as they chased an equaliser, Hughes hailed a professional display which made sure that a cup upset was avoided at the Britannia Stadium.
"I thought we showed a lot of control in the game," he said. "Obviously, you expect the opposition to come out flying and that was certainly the case in the first five, ten minutes.
"We had to get through that and once we'd done that I thought we showed real control and scored two good goals. We gave them a little bit of encouragement with the goal we conceded, so the last 10 minutes or so was a little bit frenetic and we had to defend well.
"I think collectively we were good today. It was important we gave the competition and the opposition the level of respect they deserved and I thought we did that."
Hughes also gave credit to the players he brought in, particularly Jones who netted the opener and goalkeeper Jack Butland who made his first start for Stoke.
"I wanted to give Kenwyne a run-out because he has been very patient and hasn't played that much because Peter Crouch has been doing really well for me," he said.
"Kenwyne came in, acquitted himself really, got a good goal and could have had a couple more. I was pleased with his performance and Charlie had a really positive effect on the game and scored another great goal.
"We had a number of good performances but collectively I was happy with the control we showed."
Speaking of Butland's display in the closing stages, Hughes said: "I thought Jack stepped up to the mark in that period, making two good saves for us.
"I thought he was really assured in his work for us today and showed what everyone at the club knows - and most people outside the club know - that he's an outstanding young keeper. We're pleased with his performance.
"I thought it was important to pick the recognised back four because Jack hasn't played too often with them and it was important he had the benefit of that because he's going to be in goal for a couple of weeks I would suggest."