Stoke City boss Tony Pulis feels for QPR counterpart Mark Hughes after victory yesterday.

Pulis expressed some measure of sympathy for his fellow Welshman Hughes, although he emphasised the importance of grinding out results.

"We have played games this year that we should never have lost," said Pulis, whose team registered what was only their second win of the campaign and are up to 12th.

"He (Hughes) will be disappointed, with the chances they have created today, that they haven't scored some goals.

"But you need to eke out results."