Hughes Praises Moses, Allardyce Hails Downing

Hughes Praises Moses, Allardyce Hails Downing

Stoke City boss, Mark Hughes has praised Victor Moses for his performance and first goal for the club in their 2-2 draw with West Ham.

Stoke had deservedly led 2-0 thanks to goals from Victor Moses – his first for the club – in the 33rd minute and Diouf in the 56th.

Manager Mark Hughes was pleased with the performance in many ways, but ultimately rued his side’s missed chances as he was denied the perfect 51st birthday present.

Regarding Moses – recently at the centre of controversy when he was branded a diving “cheat” by Swansea boss Garry Monk – Hughes said: “Victor has done really well ever since he came to the club (on loan for the season from Chelsea over the summer) and it is good for him to get his first goal for us.”

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Sam Allardyce described Stewart Downing’s performance as “outstanding” after he grabbed West Ham’s equaliser in their 2-2 draw with Stoke.

The high-flying Hammers fought back from two goals down thanks to a superb header from Enner Valencia and a fine finish from Downing.

“It was a point that was well-earned and maybe not deserved, but that’s the way the Premier League is,” Allardyce said.

“We haven’t played as well as we want to, but we have got something out of the game, which speaks major volumes for the character of this team.

“Downing was outstanding. He has flourished in the hole again. We started with him out wide, but once we brought him back into the middle again he started getting into the areas much better and was much more dangerous.”

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