Hughes admits Stoke not good enough at Newcastle

Kelley Robertson
September 19, 2017

We need to keep that and the only way we do that is through grit, determination and hard work. We're going to get teams that are going to respect the ability we've got and sit back and try and soak up the pressure and we've got to be good enough to break teams down.

"They can enjoy it, we have to enjoy it, but we have to be sure that the next training session, we start correcting things and improving things and doing things in the way we are doing things at the moment".

Matt Ritchie by his own admission lucky not to be sent off for a Sadio Mane-style high boot on Swansea defender Alfie Mawson, produced something more cultured this time.

"Matt Ritchie's deliveries are unbelievable, I feel like I can get a few goals this season with his crosses, especially when teams are marking zonal as well".

"The lad [Lascelles ] scored against Swansea the other week as well, so we'd talked about his threat".

"I'm pleased, but what pleased me the most, is the opportunities we had".

"It is important that we progress in the competition, so we want to have a good run in it this season if we can".

"That's the disappointment. I think we were a little loose in our general play".

"But collectively it was a brilliant team performance and it's always nice to get on the scoresheet as well. Today we weren't quite there in terms of creativity in the last third".

He told reporters: "He's done a great job for us".

"We can really get about the pitch and get down in people's boots", he added.

Lascelles said: "It just goes to show how much character we have".

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