Hughes confessed to City's website: "It was a bit of a risk in taking such a game so early in our preparation - we'd only had seven days of training. But I think it was a risk worth taking and everybody came out with a lot of credit.
"I was very pleased. The young lads came in and did really well, which is particularly pleasing. We had something like nine Academy players on the pitch at the end of the game.
"Some had to play 90 minutes, which wasn't my original plan but we had a few fallers during the week so some had to play longer than you would have liked, but it was a good performance and, all in all, a good exercise.
"We controlled the game for long periods, and we were calm and considered in possession. Towards the end we created a few good chances - it was a good finish by Boji and the goal will help him as well."