Stoke City boss Mark Hughes praised Chelsea striker Loic Remy after their 1-0 win.
Hughes praised sub Remy for declining to go down when he might have won a penalty late in the day – and possibly prevented what was Chelsea’s third successive league defeat for the first time since October 1999.
“Credit to him,” he said. “Players with trailing legs look to get contact, any contact, to get a penalty, so credit to him.”
Hughes acknowledged Chelsea’s pressure, but also his side’s ability to adapt defensively to ensure they followed up last week’s penalty shoot out win over Jose Mourinho’s men in the Capital One Cup.
“Chelsea kept on coming and credit to them.
“It was very similar to the cup game 10/12 days ago. Chelsea came out the blocks really fast and always ask questions of you.
“You have to ride your luck, but overall I thought we deserved it.”