Stoke boss Mark Hughes admits that he will have disappointed Marc Muniesa because of his reluctance to use him more regularly.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes admits that he will have disappointed Marc Muniesa with his management of him so far.
Muniesa joined Stoke last summer from Barcelona, but he has had to wait for his chances in the first-team.
The Spaniard made only a handful of appearances last season and he started this season as back-up choice.
However, Hughes has plunged him into first-team action now after an excellent performance against Sunderland in the League Cup.
Muniesa scored twice in the tie, with his goals providing the Potters with the win, and it was a display which finally convinced Hughes that he was ready to make the step-up.
The former QPR boss put Muniesa into his team for the game against Newcastle United last night, which Stoke won 1-0, and he lived up to expectations.
“I have probably disappointed Marc more than most to be perfectly honest, and when somebody comes in and makes the impact that he did against Sunderland then you have to reward them for that," Hughes said to Stoke's official site.
“I was pleased to be able to give him a game, but it was no reflection on Erik Pieters because he has done nothing wrong to be fair to him."
“Just in those circumstances you have to acknowledge that Marc did exceptionally well and earned himself a start in the league.”
Muniesa put in a good performance in Stoke's first home win of the season and he will now be hoping to build on that display.
The youngster has been unlucky in that fact that he competes with Erik Pieters, one of the Potters' star players, for a space at left-back, but he will be determined to keep hold of the place now he has won it.
His next chance to impress will come against Sunderland in the Premier League on 4th October and another two goals against the Black Cats would not go amiss.