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Published: 18:11 | 15/12/15

Hughes: We were exceptional

Stoke boss Mark Hughes found it hard to disguise his joy after watching his side beat former club Manchester City 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium.

Hughes was sacked by City and replaced by Roberto Mancini following a poor run of just two wins in eleven league matches in December 2009, something that has always rankled with the Potters boss.

He gained a measure of revenge today as two Marko Arnautovic goals helped knock his old club off the top of the Barclays Premier League.

"On the day we were exceptional," he said afterwards.

"We had a game plan as we always do, We knew what we needed to do well. You can talk about tactics but the guys need to go out there and execute them and that is what we did.
"We had a number of chances. In terms of clear-cut chances we were way ahead of City on the day and we could have easily made it embarrassing if I'm honest, but I'm happy with two goals."

Of match-winner Arnautovic, Hughes added: "He is a big personality. He is a great guy, someone who came to the club having been undervalued at other clubs.

"What he has had this year is a really good start to his season compared to other seasons when he started slowly. The test for him is he needs to keep going from now until the end of the season."

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