Murphy buzzing after superb performance for Newcastle win

Pedro of Chelsea is challenged by Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke City

With his side due to face Newcastle United just 48 hours after Saturday's humiliation, Hughes left out players like Joe Allen and Xherdan Shaqiri, and stated that the schedule just does not allow the scientifically-proven amount of time required to properly prepare for a game.

The manager was defiant though when met by reporters after the match, feeling as though he couldn't have made any different decisions for the fixture.

'Everyone's saying that I gambled but I used the players I had, ' he added.

Newcastle started the game very well and their best opportunity came in the 14th minute when DeAndre Yedlin galloped down the right hand flank to pull the ball back to Christian Atsu but the Ghanaian's shot was straight at Jack Butland. On top of that, you have the information that you need to give players prior to the game.

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- Liverpool scored a goal in the fourth minute of injury time to beat Burnley 2-1 away in the Premier League, while Mark Hughes' job as Stoke manager was looking increasingly fragile after the team's loss at home to Newcastle on Monday. "We'd love them to stay and get behind us and hope for a change of fortune but, yeah, at 3-0 could they see a way back?" As it happens, it's gone against me. If we don't win on Monday, I'll probably get more criticism. I'm fearless enough to take it on the chin. But when we have to do that it tests us more than the bigger clubs. What bothers me is that the team needs to be doing better.

'It's not going to be easy from this point onwards but it's about making sure you show character and take any criticism or flak that comes your way.

Chelsea now have the comparative luxury of not playing again until Wednesday, when they travel to Arsenal. I did it to maximise our chances of getting a result today.

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