Jan 29, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Sunderland
1-0
StokeStoke City
Johnson (18')
Bardsley (45'), Borini (79')
FT(HT: 1-0)

N'Zonzi (34'), Adam (41'), Wilson (51')
N'Zonzi (54')

Mark Hughes: 'The best team lost'

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes that the best team lost this evening, as the Potters went down 1-0 to Sunderland.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has said that the best team lost in tonight's Premier League game against Sunderland, after the Potters went down 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

The former Manchester City manager, speaking to reporters after the game, also believes that the referee made a "poor decision" in sending Steven N'Zonzi off.

"Unfortunately the best team didn't win," Hughes said after Stoke's third consecutive 1-0 away defeat. "We are disappointed that a performance of character, desire, determination and no little skill got no reward.

"On too many occasions this season we have been hurt by refereeing decisions and been left with a mountain to climb. All you ask is for a level playing field.

"I feel it was a poor decision by the referee [to dismiss Nzonzi]. It's difficult for him because [Jozy] Altidore went down very easily and on the night too much of that was going on."

Stoke currently occupy 16th place in the Premier League table, three points above the relegation zone.

Stoke City's midfielder Charlie Adam scores the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Sunderland on November 23, 2013
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