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And without a hint of irony, here's Mark Hughes

Filed: Saturday, 1st November 2014
By: Staff Writer

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has accused referee Chris Foy of failing to penalise West Ham's Alex Song for a dangerous tackle in today's 2-2 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

Song raised Hughes' ire in the second half when he went in studs-up for a challenge with Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf shortly before Enner Valencia scored the first of West Ham's goals.

The tackle - which bore similarities to the Sergio Aguero challenge on Mark Noble last weekend that went unpunished - was ignored by Foy, as were a number of dubious challenges by Stoke players that left the likes of Adrian and Winston Reid requiring lengthy treatment.

They were also clearly no concern of City boss Hughes either, who blasted Foy after the game for failing to take action against Song. "It was dangerous play. It was reckless. We're grateful that Diouf jumped out of the way, because it could have been a nasty collision," he moaned.

"The referee should come down on challenges like that - he needed to stop play, but apparently he was trying to play an advantage, which we didn't get. But it's not the first time we've been disappointed by a referee this season."

Hughes also maintained that his team were the better side on the day, despite dropping two points late on thanks to a spirited comeback from a West Ham team missing the likes of Winston Reid, Andy Carroll and lkeading goalscorer Diafra Sakho.

"I think everybody at the game knows who were the better side, and who created the most chances," he mused. "Unfortunately, sport doesn't always give the spoils to the team who deserve it."

"We should be celebrating, because our performance deserved maximum points."

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