Mark Hughes admitted it was tough against Arsenal today as Stoke City slumped to a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates. His team went down early in the sixth minute, and it could have been a lot worse had Asmir Begovic not performed admirably in goal.
“On the day, we were just a little bit poorer in our work. Certainly in recent weeks we’ve been at a lot higher of a level than we were able to show today. We got off to a poor start obviously, giving Arsenal the lead within minutes of the start of the game, and from that point on they grew in confidence, and our confidence went to be perfectly honest. We were just a little bit slower in our work, they were a little bit sharper in anticipation and all elements of the game.”
Ultimately, there was little to say and few excuses to point fingers at.
“On the day we were well beaten, no complaints. It was one of those days where we needed to do everything in the game correctly and at a good level, but for whatever reason we weren’t quite able to make that.”