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Mark Hughes: 'Nothing fortunate about Manchester City draw'

Mark Hughes: 'We made our own luck'
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Mark Hughes praises his Stoke City players for sticking to the gameplan by frustrating Manchester City and earning a credible point at the Etihad Stadium.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has insisted that his side were good value for their point at Manchester City after restricting his former club to minimal chances.

The Citizens mustered just the one shot on target all evening - a first-half free kick by Aleksandar Kolarov - as they struggled to break down a resolute Potters backline.

Man City did improve in the second period following the arrival of David Silva from the bench, with their best opening seeing the Spaniard shoot wide after some nice interplay, but in the end the visitors - thrashed 4-0 by Tottenham Hotspur last time out on their travels - held out for a positive point.

"We had a good shape about us. Sometimes people go on about systems and formations but it's not about that, it's about seeing through a game plan," Hughes told Sky Sports News.

"We could have very easily taken the lead and we restricted them to very few clear opportunities. Not many teams come here and restrict Man City to so few chances.

"We didn't rely on luck. We made our own luck and were difficult to break down. We were all disappointed with the result at Spurs and it hurt us as a group. You can see what it meant tonight and that shows the honesty of the group."

Stoke, who remain ninth in the Premier League table, return to action on Saturday with a home fixture against leaders Chelsea.

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