Hughes criticises referee after Stoke defeat

The 49-year-old manager was convinced the Potters should have been awarded a penalty for a foul on Kenwyne Jones, though conceded his side had not performed to their best
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes feels that his side should have been awarded a penalty in their 1-0 loss to Norwich on Sunday.

The Potters fell behind in the first half through Jonny Howson's long-range strike and never threatened an equaliser as they slipped to their first home defeat of the campaign, but were left aggrieved as Kenwyne Jones was pulled back by Leroy Fer in the penalty area in the second half.

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Hughes was adamant referee Anthony Taylor should have pointed to the spot, with Fer admitting after the match that he had grabbed hold of Jones, but accepted that Stoke's performance had been disappointing.

"We were below par today," Hughes told reporters after the match.

"This is a Premier League game and we need players to perform and we haven't.

"It's only today that they have let themselves down, it was a disappointing performance and we were poor. We never got any pace or power into our game which is unlike us.

"If the referee sees it, he will agree there is an infringement, Kenwyne Jones was trying to get on the end of the ball, the letter of the law says it should be a penalty.

"But we needed to be better today but they were comfortable when they got the goal and overall we were well below it."