Friday 30 September 2016

Hughes pride at Stoke record

Burnley 0-0 Stoke

Jonathan Veal

Published 17/05/2015 | 02:30

Stoke manager Mark Hughes saw his side secure their highest ever Premiership points tally
Stoke manager Mark Hughes saw his side secure their highest ever Premiership points tally

Mark Hughes was proud of his Stoke players after they delivered a club-record points tally in the Premier League.

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The Potters' draw at relegated Burnley took them to 51 points - the most they have ever registered in their seven years in the Premier League - and also ensures successive top-half finishes in the top flight for the first time in 40 years.

The record could have been brought up with a win, but Mame Diouf spurned two good opportunities to break the deadlock, while Jonathan Walters also missed a good chance for the Potters. "We got 50 last year, and ninth position, but we had to work harder for it this year - we've have had more injuries to key personnel that we've had to deal with, but we have come though as a group and been really strong," said Hughes.

"Today wasn't anything like the level we hit last weekend; it was difficult conditions, I think everybody could see that.

"In the end we just found a way to make sure we took something out of the game and, thankfully, results elsewhere went for us and we have confirmed ninth in the Premier League. Back-to-back top 10 finishes is something this club hasn't done for 40-odd years, so it's a real achievement and something we are all very proud of."

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