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Mark Hughes delighted to see Stoke City edge Luton Town

26 August 2015

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says he is pleased to have progressed to Round 3 of the Capital One Cup, despite needing penalties to overcome Luton Town on Tuesday night.

The Potters took a second-half lead at Kenilworth Road through Jonathan Walters, but it was cancelled out by Cameron McGeehan in injury time for the home side.

Extra time and penalties ensued, with Stoke prevailing 8-7 on spot-kicks after Geoff Cameron made the most of Scott Griffiths' miss for Luton.

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Hughes says the priority was to get through the tricky fixture against the Hatters, and praised them for their competitive spirit against the Premier League side.

“We made it more difficult than it needed to be in fairness,” Hughes said to Stoke City Player.

“We had the vast majority of the play and got our noses in front and should have seen the game out quite comfortably.

“We switched off and allowed them one chance at the end of the game and they took it.

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“Credit to them, they took it it right to the very end and they deserved to take it to extra time.

“We needed to create more tonight. We had plenty of play and plenty of time the ball but didn’t really create a great deal.

“Credit to the guys though, they stood up and they were all great penalties. They were all confidently taken and we were delighted with that.

“The order of the day was to progress to the next round and that’s what we have done.”

Stoke now face a trip to Craven Cottage in Round 3, where they will take on Sky Bet Championship outfit Fulham.

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