Next Match: at home to Chelsea, December 07
Mark Hughes was happy with the way his Stoke side responded to their thrashing at Everton despite being held to a goalless draw at home by Cardiff. The Potters boss had hoped his team could bounce back from Saturday's 4-0 loss with a second successive home win. But there was little in the way of goalmouth action from two shot-shy teams and it was no surprise that both had to settle for a point. Hughes said: "It was important that we played better than the Everton game, which we certainly did. I thought there was a real desire in our play. The players were obviously disappointed after the weekend but credit to Everton, they won tonight at (Manchester) United and they're a good team this year. I made a couple of changes and I thought for the most part they worked. I thought Marc Wilson was outstanding at the back, he put in a really strong, commanding performance and that will give him confidence. So, although we're disappointed not to get the three points, it was important that we got a performance and that's what we did."