Hughes sorry now

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes was left to curse “a shin pad’s width” after a tight offside call against Stephen Ireland denied the Potters victory at Hull. “We looked like the team most likely to win the game in that period, we were really positive and had a number of clear-cut chances that, on another day, we would have converted. “In terms of restricting Hull to any period of concerted pressure or momentum I thought we did that really well as the away team. “I’m reasonably pleased with the away performance. “Last time on the road we didn’t have a great performance at Everton (a 4-0 defeat) but today it was important to build on the Chelsea result. “The continuity of performance is important for us and that’s one defeat in the last eight games for us. “We’re showing a good resilience to our play.” Hull manager Steve Bruce, Hughes’ former Manchester United team-mate, was excused post-match media duties due to a sickness bug, but captain Curtis Davies was on hand with his own assessment. The central defender did not attempt to paint the fixture as a classic of the genre but was pleased to make it just one defeat in eight matches at home. He has been an ever present as Hull have conceded just three goals in eight games at the KC – the best home record in the league – but admitted McGregor was key to their latest clean sheet. ‘It was a boring game for TV, a 0-0 on a bobbly, windy pitch, but it’s another point towards survival,” Davies told Sky Sports. ”I thought we were lucky to get a point in the end. Allan McGregor saved us, he made a couple of great saves. ”We were making mistakes in the second half and they were capitalising and creating chances. Neither team looked like creating chances without mistakes.” Replays suggested it was a correct call by the narrowest of margins, leaving Hughes to reflect on what might have been. The Welshman pondered whether his side might have been given the rub of the green in the officials’ mind but could not deny the verdict was the correct one. “It’s very marginal…Stephen said it was (offside) by a shin pad’s width and that’s probably a good description of it,” he said. “It maybe was slightly offside, but sometimes you get them. “You would like to think they’d give the benefit to the attacking team, the team who was trying to win the game, but having seen it on the video it was the correct decision.” The Potters, who lie just behind Hull in mid-table, had lost five of their previous seven away matches this term but came into the game on the back of a superb 3-2 home win over Chelsea. And Hughes was pleased to add another point to the tally and make it three games unbeaten. “I thought for the vast majority of the game we were in control, certainly the last third of the match,” he said. The game ended goalless at the KC Stadium after fine performances from both goalkeepers – Stoke’s Asmir Begovic was impenetrable in the first half and Allan McGregor produced an even better display after the interval. The only time the ball did cross the line, when Ireland tapped home from a yard after McGregor brilliantly denied Peter Crouch, the referee’s assistant raised his flag. Press Associationlast_img read more

Creative Minds Talks: Artist, Kehinde Wiley & Producer, Swizz Beatz in…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – On December 2, Creative Minds Talks will bring world-famous artist Kehinde Wiley and highly-acclaimed, industry titan Kasseem Dean (a.k.a Swizz Beatz), to Miami’s New World Center during Miami Art Week for a dynamic discussion about the state of activism, philanthropy and how to make it in today’s world as a creative.Known for juxtaposing power pairs on grand stages, Creative Minds Talks is poised to offer a captivating experience for its most iconic installment yet.Kehinde Wiley – considered to be one of the most eloquent artists of this era – is joining us for his first public conversation after the historic unveiling of his “Rumors of War” sculpture, currently turning heads in Times Square.  Internationally lauded for his official portrait of President Barack Obama, Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s tradition of portraiture. Earlier this year, Wiley launched his new artist in residence program, Black Rock Senegal, with Dean’s active involvement on the committee selecting the first year of artists. Now, the two friends reunite for an intimate and engaging conversation, creating a landmark moment in Art Basel history.“Black Rock is about West Africa and it is about the world.  The West African story is all of our stories: it is about aspiration, community, and tradition,” says Kehinde Wiley. “I founded Black Rock because I wanted to invite unique thinkers from across the world to join me in Dakar and become a part of this creative evolution. Art, in any form, is about dialogue. I am proud that Black Rock is doing the work to inform a new global discourse about what Africa means today.”Kasseem Dean is an American hip-hop recording artist, DJ, record producer, art collector and entrepreneur whose name reigns in the cultural world at large. Through The Dean Collection, Dean and his wife Alicia Keys, have contributed to and been inspired by a far-reaching community of global contemporary artists. Bringing his insight as a New York visionary to the Magic City, guests who purchase one of Creative Minds Talks limited-quantity tickets can look forward to a compelling conversation between creatives, red carpet entry, champagne reception and a VIP rooftop afterparty.“Creatives hold the keys to the culture. We are a community constantly inspiring and challenging each other to do more,” says Swizz Beatz. “Kehinde is an artist that I have always admired who pushes beyond the limit of what is possible. It is my pleasure to be on stage with him and my hope is that our conversation will inspire the next generation of creatives.”last_img read more