Stoke City boss Mark Hughes: 'We gave Southampton too much respect'

Mark Hughes, manager of Stoke City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City at Loftus Road on September 20, 2014
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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says that he was unhappy with the amount of respect his players showed Southampton in their 1-0 defeat at St Mary's Stadium.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes that his side paid Southampton too much respect during their 1-0 defeat to the Saints at ​St Mary's Stadium.

The Potters boss admitted that he was disappointed with the result, but drew positives from his team's improved performance in the second half against a side who hammered Sunderland 8-0 last weekend.

Hughes told reporters: "We are disappointed to a certain extent because in the first half we were a little bit apprehensive in our play, maybe a consequence of Southampton's great result last time out.

"We showed them too much respect. We conceded from a set play, where the ball was ricocheting around. We were unlucky that it fell to one of their guys and he despatched it.

"We were better second half, got a little bit of control of the game, and you saw by the reaction of the Southampton crowd at the end that they knew we were pushing to get back on level terms."

The result took Southampton to second place in the Premier League table, while Stoke remain in 11th.

Sadio Mane of Southampton celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on October 25, 2014
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