Huth defends weakened Stoke's performance in Valencia and laments refereeing decisions
Robert Huth claimed Stoke's performance against Valencia at the Mestalla defied the critics who said Tony Pulis' team selection had effectively raised the white flag in their Europa League last 32 tie.
Although the Potters lost 1-0 to go out 2-0 on aggregate, they turned in a good performance and could consider themselves unlucky with some key refereeing decisions.
Rising to the challenge: Huth says Stoke performed well in the Mestalla
Los Che struck the crossbar after 90 seconds and took the lead through Jonas in the 24th minute, but there were several chances for Kenwyne Jones while Diego Arismendi looked to have been fouled right on the edge of the Valencia box immediately prior to the hosts' goal.
'Obviously they hit the bar in the first minute, but after that we possibly had the better chances,' Huth said.
'Kenwyne was through a couple of times and there were good crosses coming in but it wasn't to be tonight.
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'It would have been great to go 1-0 up and put them under pressure, but they scored against the run of play.
'I thought (it was a foul). (Arismendi) was trying to get through three players and it could have been a free-kick. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't.
'If you watch the game tonight, it's not Stoke to give up. We made a few changes to hopefully improve the team, but today we lost to a good team.'
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Stoke were well supported by a band of 4,000 travelling fans, and Huth saluted their efforts after the match.
'They have been brilliant,' he said. 'There are more than 4,000 of them and everywhere you looked you could hear them. We thank the supporters and hopefully we will see them again soon somewhere like this.'