Stoke City boss Mark Hughes unhappy at Martin Atkinson appointment for weekend

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Hughes reckons the 46-year-old should be sitting at home watching things on TV tomorrow rather than being in charge of Watford's home game with Tottenham.

Hughes thinks Atkinson should face punishment for making a "fundamental, game-changing error" in failing to send off Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during Stoke's 3-0 home defeat on Wednesday night.

He said: "My feelings reflect everybody else's view: the referees who reviewed it since and everybody in the stadium, apart from one".

"I was 100 per cent sure that it was the right decision as I thought Joe Gomez was in different position".

"Why it wasn't made I don't know". [It was a] pretty straightforward decision.

"If we make mistakes or wrong decisions we get pulled up by the FA".

"I don't see why he should be refereeing this weekend", said Hughes. "It denied us the opportunity to have an advantage in terms of numbers, but clearly it stopped a goal scoring opportunity as [Mame] Diouf would have rolled the ball into an empty net".

"Sometimes we need a little help from the officials, and on this occasion we did not get it. I am angry with that".

The loss to Liverpool was a sixth defeat in 10 Premier League matches for Stoke, but Hughes feels his team's performances are better than their results indicate.

"So I understand that he (Mark Hughes) is not happy about that decision". "We got to 77 minutes when the second goal went in and we had been well in the game".

Swansea boss Paul Clement has described Saturday's game between the sides as "must win" and Hughes is confident they can secure their first Premier League victory in five attempts against second-bottom Swans.

"But if you don't get the results then it builds pressure".

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