Hughes left frustrated by Chelsea tactics

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said clever game management and tactical nous played a key role in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over the Potters.

The former Blues striker said John Terry’s second-minute goal was the “worst possible” start and allowed the visitors to play on the break and eat up time.

Hughes admitted: “We were frustrated to concede so early because that affected our gameplan and helped Chelsea because they are very adept at protecting leads.

“They have done it if for many years, have good quality, and understand what is required.

“When we gained any momentum, they were able to take the sting out of the game and slow things down and I was a little bit disappointed that the referee did not jump on that aspect of their play.

“In the end they had a little bit more quality at the top end and that allowed them to get the second goal. The opening goal allowed them to sit deep and you are always susceptible.

“Overall, given the fact we conceded so early, we still gave a good account of ourselves and they didn’t create that many chances.”

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