MX23RW : Sunday, February 17 23:04:06
Jan 6, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 14,199
CoventryCoventry City
2-1
StokeStoke City
Willis (24'), Grimmer (68')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Adam (54' pen.)

Mark Hughes: 'Coventry City deserved FA Cup upset'

Hughes: 'Coventry deserved FA Cup upset'
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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says that Coventry City "deserved" their FA Cup victory over the Potters and praises their opponents' defending at the Ricoh Arena.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has said that Coventry City "deserved" their FA Cup victory over the Potters and praised their opponents' defending at the Ricoh Arena.

Jordan Willis made the upset a possibility after opening the scoring on 24 minutes and, despite Charlie Adam equalising from the penalty spot, the hosts pushed forward.

Full-back Jack Grimmer netted the decisive goal after assisting his side's first strike, as the League Two side marched into the FA Cup fourth round impressively.

"It's clearly a difficult time for us," Stoke manager Hughes told reporters. "When we make mistakes, they're getting penalised. We're not giving ourselves the right defensive platform at the moment and when that happens you're always vulnerable.

"Clearly, the only way to quieten down the noise around the club is to win games. We need to turn it around and quickly. We're good enough in this league - we've proved it during my tenure - but we've got to be better in key moments.

"Credit to Coventry. They deserved the win for defending manfully and putting bodies on the line. I wish them well."

Stoke will be looking to right their recent Premier League woes in their next game, which is a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.


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