"I am still best-placed to manage Stoke" - Mark Hughes
Stoke manager Mark Hughes was defiant in his post-match interview. When asked if he thought he would remain in his position, the Welshman replied: "Who else is going to do the job?
"In terms of the knowledge of the group and the progress in my time here I'm the best person to do it.
"Everyone's saying that I gambled but I used the players that I had, what was I going to do? Risk players that had a big part to play today? Plenty of teams have made changes today, everyone is doing it too.
"We deserved something out of the game but we didn't get it, you've got to pick yourselves up and get on with it.
"The players are frustrated, disappointed, but that's a consequence of the high standards that I've set here. There's no use feeling sorry for ourselves."