"We were definitely second best. That wasn't good enough," he told Sky Sports.
"We got off to a really good start, within five minutes things were looking okay - we lost a couple of lads to injury, Andi (Weimann) and Karim (El Ahmadi) - but (beside that) we were still second best.
"We had a really good start and got a really good goal, but the goals we lost were really, really poor.
"We take nothing away from Stoke, they deserved to win the game.
"(The injuries) do disrupt you a little bit but I'm not going to use that as an excuse."
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