Another game this season and another one where tussles in the box proved costly for Stoke, as Phil Bardsley gave away a penalty that decided this clash at Goodison Park.
It led to the Potters manager considering a new way to rule on the latest directive given to referees about physical contact in the area, especially around set-pieces, after decisions against Manchester City and the Toffees.
“Apparently the Premier League has got a big office or a big studio in the south and all the referees sit around all the screens as the feeds come in,” a frustrated Hughes said. “Why are they doing that?
“Maybe that is what they are thinking of doing in the future, that you refer back to this match centre, or whatever it is called, and they make decisions and take it out of the hands of the referee. It might be a good thing.”
But while there are problems for Stoke at the back because of refereeing decisions regarding their robust defending, they are weak at the other end.
Hughes has failed to really strengthen his attack, with a failed bid for Saido Berahino so far this summer.