Hughes: We showed character rescuing a point away to West Ham

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes his side had real character to earn a point against West Ham, while admitting that the Londoners were the better team at Upton Park on Saturday afternoon, reports BBC Sport.

West Ham took an early lead in the game, and had their chances to doubled their advantage that weren’t taken. Aaron Cresswell scored from a free-kick minutes into the match to put the Hammers ahead, but Stoke City’s Marco Arnautovic levelled the game in the dying minutes for the Potters.

After the game, Mark Hughes admitted his side were somewhat fortunate to get anything from the match, as the Londoners were the better team overall. He was delighted with his side’s fighting resilience, and is on course for a strong finish in the top-10 come May.

Stoke have enjoyed a fantastic season under the Welsh boss, but had suffered three consecutive defeats in the Premier League ahead of their trip to West Ham, so they were more than happy to take a point even before the game. They were made to settle for just a share of the spoils on Saturday, as they had two goals disallowed, while having little no other clear cut opportunities.

“For us it was one of those days, we conceded to a great free-kick but we kept going and showed great character. We could not quite find the final ball, but credit to the lads because they stuck at it and deserved to get something. They were the better team, so we got some reward but probably not what they should have had,” said Hughes.

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