Wednesday 18 October 2017

Hughes fumes after Stoke lose out to another penalty

Everton 1 - Stoke City 0, Goodison park

Everton's Yannick Bolasie in action with Stoke City's Erik Pieters. Photo: Ed Sykes
Everton's Yannick Bolasie in action with Stoke City's Erik Pieters. Photo: Ed Sykes
Everton's Ashley Williams (right) and Stoke City's Jonathan Walters in action during the match. Photo: Anthony Devlin
Everton's Gareth Barry (left) and Stoke City's Peter Crouch battle for the ball. Photo: Anthony Devlin
Everton's Gareth Barry (left) and 'Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic battle for the ball. Photo: Anthony Devlin
Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross. Photo: Ed Sykes

Simon Hart

Stoke manager Mark Hughes fears he will have to change his whole approach to defending after another disputed penalty decision went against them. The 1-0 defeat at Everton was settled by Shay Given's own goal - Leighton Baines' penalty rebounded off the post and the goalkeeper - after Phil Bardsley was penalised for tangling with Ashley Williams.

Last week Stoke had a spot-kick awarded against them when Ryan Shawcross' tussled with Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi at a corner and Hughes is beginning to see a pattern developing and believes his team are suffering more than most.

"I feared this would happen at the start of the season that we would be penalised more readily than other teams," said Hughes when asked what difference the new directive on holding in the box had made.

"We are getting the thin edge of the wedge and being penalised.

"There was a similar element in the Tottenham versus Liverpool game that wasn't given - maybe because it was two high-profile teams on the TV and they don't get them given against them.

"The one today, there was a lot of movement in the box, Ashley Williams has gone down, whether he clipped his own heels or not.

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"There was no pushing, no pulling. I thought it was very harsh.

"We are seriously thinking of changing our approach to set-plays.

"If that is how games are going to be refereed, we accept that but it has to be across the board.

"You guys (the media) had highlighted pictures of Ryan with three or four pictures in the papers this morning.

"He is not the only one but when it gets mentioned there is a picture of Ryan Shawcross.

"We have to consider zonal marking, which I have never done in my career, or we may have to take certain individuals away from man-marking.

"Hopefully it will settle down and everyone will revert to a bit of sanity."

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