"I thought Robinho responded well, but I had seen good signs against Spurs," said Hughes on the club's official website.
"Today he was always available, great on the ball and I think he led from the front.
"He enjoyed it, enjoyed meeting the referee beforehand and it was something I think he deserved.
"He's a great player, but what I don't think he gets credit for is that he is brave and determined, and he wants to win with Manchester City. That was evident in his performance today."