Mark Hughes remains frustrated following key referee decision


Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is still reeling from Martin Atkinson’s decision to not to send off Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The Potters slipped to their second defeat in as many days as goals from Sadio Mane, and Mohammed Salah coming off the bench to score twice, sealed all three points for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.

Hughes’ side would have been level if it was not for Mignolet’s last gasp challenge to bring down Stoke City forward Mame Diouf who was set to roll the ball into an empty net and bring the scores level. Atkinson only decided to show a yellow card, despite the Liverpool shot stopper being the last man.

It was a decision that Hughes felt should of been seen by the official on the night: “Well my feelings reflect everyone else’s view, the referees have reviewed it, clearly everyone in the stadium could see it.

“It was a key moment and also a huge, huge moment for us in the match.”

The former Manchester United striker continued: “We were in the ascendancy, we were starting to ask Liverpool questions.

“Sometimes we need a little help from the officials, and on this occasion we did not get it. Those are the decisions that frustrate me as a manager and every supporter, those are decisions we want to be made correctly.”

He continued: “I don’t know why it was not made, it was a pretty straightforward decision in my view. It denied us the opportunity to have an advantage in terms of numbers, but clearly it stopped a goal scoring opportunity as [Mame] Diouf would have rolled the ball into an empty net.”


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