Stoke manager Mark Hughes was left understandably pleased with his side's performance in tonight's 2-0 win over Watford in a game he admitted had "little quality from either side".

Goals within minutes of either side of the half-time break sealed victory in a performance where home goalkeeper Lee Grant was never at full-stretch, and gave the Potters a first win in six in the Premier League.

Hughes added his side had been "comfortable" in seeing the game out in Staffordshire, as a beleagured Watford side, who also lost Valon Behrami to injury at half-time, fell to a seventh defeat from 10 in the Premier League.

The Welshman said: "The game wasn’t a great game in terms of quality from either side, we had better quality on the  day because we took the game away from them.

"In recent weeks, we’ve although we’ve been beaten we’ve probably played better than we’ve played tonight.

"We didn’t come under too many moments of pressure or anxiety and saw the game out quite comfortably in my view."

Hughes also felt the hosts' first goal had come at a perfect time, moments before the break, when Ryan Shawcross finished off Charlie Adam's corner.

He said: "The important thing from our point of view was to get three points and a clean sheet, because we were giving too many easy goals up and that wasn’t the case tonight.

"The first half wasn’t great but the goal came at a good time for us. We’ve been damaged by it ourselves in recent weeks, when the game was quite even, so I can understand why it would affect Watford negatively."