Mark Hughes laments Stoke's missed chances after Bournemouth draw
By James Dale
Last Updated: 06/05/17 6:26pm
Mark Hughes insists Stoke should have left the Vitality Stadium with all three points after a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday.
Stoke twice led after breaking their run of 10 hours without scoring an away goal, with Lys Mousset's first-half own goal and Mame Biram Diouf's strike both being cancelled out.
Marko Arnautovic had a great opportunity to put Stoke 2-0 up moments before Junior Stanislas equalised for the home side level in the 62nd minute.
After Josh King poked the ball in off Ryan Shawcross from what looked an offside position late on to earn Bournemouth a draw, Hughes was left ruing what might have been for his side.
Asked if Stoke deserved the win, Hughes said: "Yeah I think so. We're the away side and we've been able to get on the scoresheet twice, take the lead twice, so we're disappointed we've been pegged back.
"It was a good performance, really good desire. We had a plan today to affect them, they're a good passing side but look to get the ball into wide areas and for the most part, we negated their threats all day and were strong on the break with Marko, [Xherdan] Shaqiri and Mame.
"The two goals they got resulted from the few occasions we didn't get our marking right. We felt the goal was offside and shouldn't have been given."
On Arnautovic's missed header while Stoke were 1-0 up, Hughes added: "If that goes in the game is over and done with. We would have won quite comfortably."
Harry Arter was shown a yellow card midway through the first half after referee Paul Tierney considered the Bournemouth midfielder's late tackle on Joe Allen for some time, and Hughes believes his side would have been left with 10 men had it been the other way around.
"They were quite fortunate because the lad Arter should have gone for a two-footed tackle on Joe Allen in the first half and if that had happened we would have won the game quite comfortably because we were in the ascendancy," he said.
"What we say is if you play for Stoke you would have been off, that was my interpretation of it. You always reflect and I know if one of my players did that I know for a fact he would have walked. That's what I'm basing that challenge on."