It’s fair to say Stoke City haven’t had the best start to their Premier League season.
Although the campaign is only four games young, the Potters find themselves rock bottom of the table with a minus eight goal difference.
The latest setback to hit the Bet365 Stadium proved a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur. The loss seemed to have taken its toll on manager Mark Hughes too who was sent off in somewhat embarrassing fashion during the game.
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Despite boasting a squad that includes Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan Krkic and Marko Arnautovic, Stoke have endured a painful 2016.
Last season saw them fly out of the blocks only to peter out during the twilight months. Moreover, the summer doesn’t seem to have allowed any respite for Stoke who have continued to falter this campaign.
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A 1-1 draw at the Riverside Stadium proves their only point of the season and in their home league games, have shipped a total of eight goals.
Such a nightmarish start was compounded in merciless fashion this weekend as Spurs scored four at the Bet365 Stadium for the second consecutive season. Goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and a brace from Heung-min Son saw it a bloodbath in Staffordshire.
Hughes sending off
It appears the frustration of the game became all too much for Hughes though as he was flashed a red card for his touchline antics.
Nevertheless, his dismissal came while the score remained 0-0. His verbal abuse, directed at the fourth official, as well his persistent wandering from the technical area saw him sent upstairs for his actions.
With the 52-year-old taking an unorthodox route given his struggle to find a way into the supporters’ enclosure, a video from the crowd can be seen below:
Similarly, BBC Final Score’s comedic explanation of Hughes’ predicament can also be seen here:
Despite his irritation and embarrassment, augmented by the 4-0 thrashing, the ex-Manchester City boss sympathised with the officials. Hughes stated: "It was my fault - I came out of my area.
"I wasn't happy as I thought they missed two decisions. Jon Walters in my view got fouled and the linesman didn't raise his flag before Marko had to take evasive action and he gets booked for it. I was disappointed with that but I was also disappointed with my reaction.”
Regardless of his own antics though, Hughes certainly has a lot of work to do with this Stoke side before their next league clash. After all, they currently find themselves on a severe, downward path.
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