LONDON: Mark Hughes insisted revenge was not the priority after his Stoke team won 1:0 at champions Manchester City who sacked him nearly five years ago.
Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf scored on a counter-attacking run from inside his own half after 58 minutes. To complete City’s defensive embarrassment he shot through the legs of England keeper Joe Hart. City pressed hard during the last halfhour and claimed two penalties in vain, all without success.
The Hughes recipe might be useful for City’s Champions League rivals Bayern, CSKA Moscow and Roma. He said: “We were resolute, got plenty of people behind the ball, made it difficult for them, didn’t allow them to play too many balls into key positions and were always a threat on the break.
“In our last three games against City we’ve only conceded one goal but in most games here they’re looking to score two, three or four goals. We restricted them to very few chances. That’s credit to our organisation.”
Robert Huth, unused on the subs’ bench, may find it a challenge to reclaim his place in Stoke’s starting line-up.
Hughes said he gained no additional personal satisfaction from winning at City. He said: “No, I’m just delighted for my team and the club and our fans. “I have no axe to grind. I was here as the manager and enjoyed that time, even though it didn’t last as long as I thought it could.”
City’s neighbours Manchester United also drew a blank as Louis Van Gaal’s winless start to his reign continued with a goalless draw at promoted Burnley.
Record signing Angel Di Maria could not inspire an improved performance from the struggling side, who have now taken just two points from their opening three games and was substituted before the end after a kick on a leg.
Swansea maintained their 100pc with a 3:0 home victory over West Bromwich Albion. Nathan Dyer, whose goal beat Burnley the previous weekend, put Garry Monk’s side in front after only two minutes before an acrobatic strike from the edge of the area from Wayne Routledge.
Dyer rounded off the win with his second in the 71st minute, converting an assist from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Neil Warnock’s return to the manager’s post at Crystal Palace resulted in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Newcastle. Dwight Gayle opened the scoring inside the first minute for Palace but Darryl Janmaat fired the Magpies level before the break.
Although Jason Puncheon, fined by the Football Association in March for launching a Twitter tirade against Warnock, restored the Eagles’ lead three minutes after the restart, Rolando Aarons made it 2-2 and Mike Williamson bundled home a third for the hosts with two minutes to go.
But Wilfried Zaha, on loan from Manchester United, equalised five minutes into stoppage time to earn Palace a first point of the season.
Wantaway midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin scored twice as Southampton came from behind to win 3-1 at West Ham and hand boss Ronald Koeman his first league win.
Mark Noble put the hosts in front but Schneiderlin, who is keen on a move to Tottenham, levelled on the stroke of half-time and completed the comeback in the 68th minute. Graziano Pelle made the points safe seven minutes from time.
QPR picked up their first points with Charlie Austin’s goal just on half-time earning a 1-0 home win over Sunderland.