Hughes happy Stoke turned on style for Villa win

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes was delighted with the manner of their 4-1 win at Aston Villa.

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes was delighted with the manner of their 4-1 win at Aston Villa.

The third goal was the most impressive. Stoke strung a series of passes together before Marko Arnautovic released the ball to Nzonzi who slotted the ball past Brad Guzan.

Hughes feels such goals will go a long way to banishing the idea that Stoke are a long-ball team.

"For the third goal, there was something like 18 or 19 passes before the ball was in the back of the net and we are not too renowned for passages of play like that," the Welshman said.

"I hope (the long-ball tag) is something in the past now because we deserve a bit more credit. We do try and get it down on the floor and keep possession.

"Maybe people will sit up and take notice of what we are trying to do.

"We have been under the radar a little bit in the last seven or eight games but today was a statement from us in terms of what we want to do this season.

"We are just happy that people are noticing there is a little bit of a change in style. At the moment it's working and it's for the better."

 
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