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Hughes praises Ramadan and others’ attacking initiative


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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes praised his team players’ defensive display that helped secure a point away from home at the City of Manchester Stadium against Manchester City in his post-match comments to Stoke City Player.

Stoke City had managed to shut down Manchester City’s prolific displays at home after a goalless draw that saw Egypt international Ramadan Sobhi play the full 90 minutes.

The 53-year-old manager was really happy with the team’s character and the result, claiming that the defeat they suffered against Tottenham Hotspurs over the weekend inspired them to play well.
He began, “It was a great team performance from us tonight. We were strong and resolute in the middle of the park tonight and the back four had to work hard to keep their positions throughout the game.”

“We went a little bit different, in terms of personnel on the field, which I suggested may well be the case before the game,” explained Hughes.

“Obviously after what happened at Spurs was still fresh in our minds, and I think that helped us this evening to produce a vastly improved showing.We didn’t want to produce the same showing again and right from the off we looked far more determined and committed,” he pointed out.

The Welshman didn’t forget to praise Sobhi and the other forwards for their great display: “We had really good triggers up top too with Saido and Jonathan Walters, along with Mame Diouf and Ramadan, who have carried the flag for us.”

This draw kept Stoke City in ninth place with 36 points, and it helped Chelsea extend its gap as league leaders to ten points.

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