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Mark Hughes led Stoke City to Stamford Bridge with the hope of getting something from the game, but less than 30 minutes into the game, Chelsea were already up by three goals.

The game ended 5-0, and a lot of Stoke travelling fans left the stadium even before half-time.

Hughes named a controversial lineup and made six changes and left star names Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Peter Crouch on the bench, much to the frustrations of the Potters’ fans.

“That’s their decision but it doesn’t help us,” said Hughes.

“We’d love them to stay and get behind us and hope for a change of fortune but, yeah, at 2-0 could they see a way back? Probably not.

“It was an honest decision from them but if they paid their money you’d think they would stay until the conclusion.”

The Stoke City boss admitted it was going to be an arduous task getting even a point at Stamford Bridge.

“Even with my strongest team coming here there is an expectation that we could get beat,” he said.

“Our record here is poor and I think I’m the only Premier League manager in Stoke’s history who has got a point here.

“Our record isn’t here to be enhanced or protected – we haven’t got a record here.

“It was one of those decisions where sometimes you have to take it on the chin.

“I don’t like the fact I had to make key decisions that on the face of it looked like I weakened us, because I’m not like that as a person.

“I want to win every game I go into. We didn’t have enough tools to affect a very good Chelsea side. We understood that before the game, we understood it after but we’re in a better shape on Monday.”

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