Mark Hughes has hailed the impact of Victor Moses after a starring role in Stoke City’s 2-2 draw with QPR on Saturday.
The winger, on loan from Chelsea, was instrumental in both goals – finding Peter Crouch, who headed on to Mame Biram Diouf, for the first before the pair combined again in the second half.
Stoke looked to be heading for a well-deserved win only for Niko Kranjcar to force a draw with a fine free kick but Hughes is delighted with the impact that Moses has had on their counterattacking approach.
“He has been excellent in every game he’s played,” the Welshman told reporters. “He’s given us that pace that we lacked last year, which is a marked difference in how we play away from home now.
“He’s had two years where he hasn’t played a great deal of football, which isn’t anything to do with his ability. He’s always been very talented and we are delighted with what he’s produced.”
Hughes added: “In terms of what we produced and the chances in open play, we were clearly the better team on the day. We allowed them to get back into the game when, really, we should have been too far away from them.
“We were disappointed to go in at half-time at 1-1 and should have had enough to see the game out but, unfortunately, we encouraged them somewhat by giving away the free kick.”
“Our performance was good enough for maximum points today but it’s another point on the road. We keep on picking up points, which we struggled with last season.”
Harry Redknapp, meanwhile, hailed Kranjcar’s professionalism after the QPR summer signing scored a late equaliser on his second home debut.
“He is a class player, it was a great free kick. He punished Stoke,” Redknapp enthused. “He is earning a third of what he was earning in Russia; that’s how desperate he was to come back.
On the game, the Rs manager added: “It’s a vital point, make no mistake. We didn’t give up. If we get everyone fit and keep going and pick up points we will be OK.
“Sandro got a knock on his knee earlier this week and Joey [Barton] and Jordon [Mutch] have tweaked their hamstrings. It’s the problem with a few [of the summer signings]. They need games.”