Pledging to sharpen up his side's defending, Hughes conceded Stoke had allowed Jason Puncheon far too easy a path to the winning finish.
"We're better than that, and we can't allow consecutive errors to happen in Premier League games, because inevitably they lead to goals," he said.
"That allowed the lad to shoot in the six-yard box, and they scored the winning goal.
"Those frailties in our defence need to be worked on and that's something we'll address."
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