Hughes: We kept Southampton quiet this weekend

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes was pleased with his side’s performance against Southampton on Saturday afternoon, as the Potters previously kept the Saints at bay following their heroic defending, reports BBC Sport.

Stoke had to come from behind against Southampton to pick up all three points at the Britannia Stadium this weekend, but were impressive in their own backyard. The Potters were diligent in their defensive duties, which led to the Saints being reduced to long shots out the area.

Mark Hughes was pleased to see Southampton so frustrated, as his own side’s style was paying off in the clash. City finished the day in a strong top-half finish, and look on course to end the season in great shape. Many had them down for a draw or defeat against Southampton, especially after Stoke went behind, but they stuck it out until the end, and never know when they are beat.

Proud of the result, proud of his side’s upturn in form, and looking to build on their campaign for next season, manager Mark Hughes believes his players had a real element of control against Southampton, which should hold them in good stead.

“We limited a very good Southampton side to few chances. I felt in terms of the momentum, certainly second half, we were very comfortable. They had a lot of possession but didn’t cause us a lot of problems. In the second half we were excellent. You make your own luck. People will say it was important for Southampton but I’m not sure about that.”

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