Joel Fruci for Outside90:
They are not known for playing beautiful football, but the Potters have forged a reputation for themselves of winning the ugly way, and did so against the Toffees with structured, disciplined pressing throughout the 90 minutes. Stoke allowed Everton to control the ball but hassling the Blues on almost every occasion, and more often than not, forcing Roberto Martinez’s team to concede possession. In particular, Romelu Lukaku, Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines were not afforded any time on the ball, struggling to create and hold the ball. Coleman amongst others saw his colours well and truly lowered, completing only 69% of passes and delivering only one cross and attempting only one take-on.
Hughes is doing a fantastic job at Stoke. He comes off as a dour man, pissed off at everyone and everything, but he is a good coach. His teams are organised, sensible, play to their strengths, and operate as one unit.