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Stoke boss Hughes rues ‘missed opportunity’ in QPR draw

first_imgStoke City manager Mark Hughes was left to lament a “missed opportunity” to claim all three points at Queens Park Rangers, as the Potters failed to make their dominance count in a 2-2 draw.Summer signing Mame Biram Diouf put the visitors in front after just 11 minutes, but a series of misses allowed the hosts to level against the run of play as Steven Caulker nodded in before the break.Peter Crouch then re-established Stoke’s deserved lead, the striker netting his first league goals since March, but the Potters switched off, with Nico Kranjcar’s late free-kick claiming a share of the points for the under-par Super Hoops.And Hughes, who returned to Loftus Road for the first time since being sacked as QPR manager in 2012, believes his former side didn’t deserve the draw.“On the positive we’re looking good away from home. We’ve got another point on our travels, which was a struggle for us last year,” said the Stoke boss.“So we’re happy enough in that regard, but the overriding is that it was a missed opportunity.“In the first half we had a number of good chances where we just couldn’t find that killer pass.“I was pleased enough until the last five minutes of the first-half. I thought we were excellent, but we switched off at a set piece and allowed them back into the game, when really I felt they didn’t deserve it.“It was a disappointment going into the break level, but to concede again after getting our noses back in front, that’s the real disappointment.“Overall we were the better team on the day, I think everyone in the ground accepted that.“But you’ve still got to get the job done and take your chances when you’re in control, and we didn’t do that today.”last_img

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