Football - Hughes pleased with Stoke spirit

Stoke boss Mark Hughes felt his players' performance in the 1-1 New Year's Day draw with Everton was testament to their ability to bounce back.

The Potters, who took the lead in the Barclays Premier League contest through Oussama Assaidi's 49th-minute strike and were only denied victory by a stoppage-time Leighton Baines penalty, had lost the reverse fixture 4-0 at Goodison Park on November 30.

And they went into Wednesday's game having been defeated 5-1 at Newcastle and 3-0 at Tottenham in their last two matches of 2013.

Hughes was keen to highlight those other results when giving his assessment of the encounter at the Britannia Stadium, saying: "Only a few weeks ago, we were getting beaten quite comprehensively by the same team at Goodison Park, so we turned that around.

"And we have obviously had a difficult time over Christmas in terms of travelling and those results, but we have picked ourselves up and put in a really good performance in my view."