Mark Hughes hailed the qualities of Joe Allen after the midfielder scored a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho felt his Manchester United side could have beaten the Potters 6-0 and was frustrated to have to settle for stalemate at Old Trafford.
United were dominant over the 90 minutes but wasteful finishing – and a revelatory performance from on-loan goalkeeper Lee Grant – meant substitute Anthony Martial’s superb second-half curler was their only goal of the game.
That left them vulnerable in the game’s closing stages and Joe Allen smashed home from point-blank range to seal a hit-and-run by the visitors, who moved off the foot of the Premier League with a third point of the season.
“Joe was immense and he’s been excellent since he came to the club,” said Hughes. “I knew I was getting a good player, clearly because I spent £13million on him, but sometimes you don’t understand how good a player is until they’re in the building and you work with them day in, day out.
“He’s an intelligent player, great energy levels and good awareness of situations. He knows how to affect situations, so we’ve got an excellent player.”