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The Potters manager believes his side showed the necessary fighting spirit by coming from behind twice against Southampton, whilst Mauricio Pochettino rued a lack of aggression

Mark Hughes is confident Stoke City will avoid relegation following his side's 2-2 draw at Southampton on Saturday.
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Following their 2-1 win over Manchester United last Saturday, the Potters are now unbeaten in two matches but sit just three points clear of the relegation zone.

Southampton had taken the lead twice at St Mary's through goals from Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis but strikes from Peter Odemwingie and Peter Crouch rescued a point for Stoke.

"We had a fantastic result last weekend against Manchester United," Hughes said.

"It would have been a real disappointment if we had come to this game and not got anything out of it because it was important we kept the run going. I'm really pleased with what we produced today.

"For a long time we've been aware we're in a group of teams trying to navigate their way through a really hard Premier League season.

"It's unusual this year because of how many teams are closely packed together at the bottom.

"We weren't sticking our head in the sand thinking we weren't involved in that, but certainly we felt comforted by the fact that a lot of our performances have been very good this year, without reward.

"We had a little fortune last weekend but we deserved that, and then today even though we went behind twice in the game we picked ourselves up and showed the quality and strength of the group."

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, bemoaned his side's inability to kill off Stoke to secure what would have been their tenth league win of the campaign.

"I wouldn't say it was frustrating, I would say it was disappointing," the Argentine said. "I think over the full 90 minutes we deserved to win the game.

"It was a great goal, but after the first goal we weren't aggressive enough to go on and get a second that would have put the game to bed.

"Then we conceded a soft goal to make it 1-1. Then we got the lead again and it was 2-1 but we weren't able to hold on to that lead. Perhaps we needed a bit more [aggression] to maintain the lead."

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