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Stoke deserved FA Cup defeat against Blackburn says Mark Hughes

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Mark Hughes didn't enjoy a happy return to former club Blackburn Rovers after his current employers were beaten 4-1 at the hands of Gary Bowyer's Championship outfit.

And the Welshman was quick to praise Rovers, insisting they deserved their victory against Stoke - a result that ensured they progressed to the last eight of the FA Cup. 

Deserve nothing

Following the game, Hughes said: "We didn't deserve anything and we were well beaten. Credit to Blackburn, they deserved to go through, they put the ball in good areas and used the threats they had up front.

"We didn't deal with it all afternoon, we got our noses in front without really dictating Blackburn and we allowed them to get back into the game."

Lead

Peter Crouch initially gave Stoke the lead in the 10th minute to continue his decent run of form as he grabbed his third goal in as many games, before the hosts found an equaliser on 36 minutes through Joshua King.

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The game took a twist on the brink of half-time when Geoff Cameron was correctly shown a straight red card from referee Anthony Taylor after bringing down Rudy Gestede in the area. Gestede, who missed a great chance just moments earlier, wasn't going to spur this opportunity and he duly netted to give Blackburn the lead. 

The man advantage was starting to take its toll on the Potters and King scored twice in a five minute spell just after half-time to ensure Blackburn would be in the hat for the next round. 

Fell apart

But as good as Blackburn were, Stoke simply fell apart in the second half and Hughes is expecting to see improvement from his squad:

"If you don't do the fundamentals, you are liable to get punished, so absolutely no complaints," he continued.  "For the red card, there was a little bit of contact, I have seen them given, I have seen them not given.

"I couldn't emphasise the point enough in the lead up to the cup games. We wanted to progress. We need to get our heads down this week and not let our season peter out."

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