Hughes: Our performances so far have warranted top 10 place

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes that the side deserve to be in the top ten after their start to the season.

Mark Hughes says that he was pleased with the performance which his Stoke City side put in against Swansea City at the weekend.

Hughes' men had to come from behind to beat Swansea, thanks to goals from Charlie Adam and Jon Walters and it was a win which pleased the manager.

Hughes feels that the side now are in a position which reflects how well they have played over the opening of the season, after they moved into the top-half.

“I’m really pleased with the result and the performance to be perfectly honest,” Hughes said to Stoke's official site.

“We are up into the top ten now which is a position that we probably feel our performances have warranted for the best part of the season so far.

“We were up against a good side, who we all know like to get the ball down on the ground and pick you off with clever little balls through the middle.

“We had to be really alert defensively to deal with that, and whilst we initially had a few problems with getting to grips with them early on I thought we were far better following the break.

“We had to address one or two things at half-time, and following that I thought we were in total control of the game and looked the more likely to take the game away from them.”

The Potters have continued to play with more style than ever before in the Premier League era this season, as they adjust to Hughes' style of play.

The side won many plaudits for the stylish football they were playing last campaign and their patient style has continued into the new season.

It seems to be working for them, and Hughes will be looking to build on their win against Swansea to help elevate his side even further up the league.

Despite the good display, the result hinged on two penalty decisions.

Stoke scored when Victor Moses appeared to dive in the 18-yard box and Michael Oliver pointed to the spot, but Hughes was more unhappy about the fact Swansea were awarded a spot-kick when Ryan Shawcross hauled down Wilfried Bony.

"You see those sort of incidents left, right and centre at every level really – They occur five or six times a game,” he said.

“There has been coverage of Ryan inside his own box every time we have been on television which I find ridiculous to be quite honest.

“They are trying to highlight the fact that he impedes players, but he is doing absolutely no different to any other defender in the Barclays Premier League.

“Referees have a hard job, I understand that, but it is a little concerning that he is being targeted in the manner that he is being.”

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