Belfast Telegraph

Arnautovic should give us more, says Hughes as brace sinks Boro

Stoke City 2 Middlesbrough 0

Stoke boss Mark Hughes feels Marko Arnautovic should be showing the kind of form he did in Saturday's 2-0 win over Middlesbrough more often.

A sparkling display from the Austrian at the bet365 Stadium saw him net both Potters' goals.

The first came in the 29th minute when he controlled Glenn Whelan's long forward pass, got away from George Friend and past Victor Valdes before firing into the net.

Arnautovic then added a close-range finish in the 42nd minute after Peter Crouch headed the ball his way from a corner, to take his season's tally to five goals.

After the game, Hughes said of Arnautovic, who was Stoke's top-scorer last term with 11 league goals: "He's a big player for us clearly, not only in stature but the way he plays the game. He is a big guy with lots of power, and he should do it more often in fairness - get in those situations and create probably more chances and score more goals."

Stoke have moved up to ninth, while struggling Middlesbrough dropped down one from 17th to enter the relegation zone as their winless league run extended to a 10th game.

Boro boss Aitor Karanka, said: "This is the Premier League and one mistake, you are punished." Boro are now three points adrift of safety.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph