Stoke City boss Mark Hughes insists Sunderland defender Wes Brown deserved his red card yesterday.

The Potters went onto to win 2-0, though Brown's dismissal, for a challenge on Charlie Adam, infuriated the Sunderland camp.

Hughes said: "I'm sure Gus feels a little bit aggrieved about it, but my interpretation of it was that maybe Wes was a little bit out of control and a little bit reckless.

"At the time I thought it was a poor challenge. Whether or not it merited a sending-off that is obviously the debate after the game, which is a shame because it takes the shine off our performance. We played really well today.

"I've looked at it myself on a laptop and I think from different angles it looks worse than from other angles.

"Obviously the referee, from his angle, felt it merited a sending-off and I can understand why that's the case.

"Charlie got caught on the outside of his legs about shin-level. We can get a video on a laptop and take a look if you want!"

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