That has now concluded Mark Hughes' pre-match press conference.
MH: I'm sure Ryan will be fine though. He has been portrayed wrongly in the media.
MH: We are speaking to people who we feel have an influence about how strongly we feel about Ryan's situation. We are not going to stand for it and we have made that perfectly clear.
MH: Maybe the word cheat can now be used by anyone in the game. I think Garry Monk's comments have now set a precedent following the FA's decision not to charge him as a result.
MH: Muniesa went over on his ankle yesterday. He is confident he will be ok but we will have to decide on that.
MH: Peter Crouch and Phil Bardsley will both be out but we have a number of people who can come in and replace them. We need to check on Marc Muniesa who hasn't trained this morning before making a decision on him.
MH: Sam has been in the game a long time like I have - he knows the ins and outs of the league.
MH: West Ham have had a good season. They have changed their system with the introduction of players who have hit the ground running.
MH: My understanding at the beginning of the year was that is was difficult for them to look at every incident and that the only ones which would be pulled up on were those players who looked set to score which wasn't the case in regards to Ryan.
MH: Holding has always gone on in the game. I think Ryan Shawcross has been unfairly penalised as the culprit. It happens both ways - I did it as a player with defenders. We need clarity on where we all stand on the issue.
MH: My view is that the whole game needs to be reviewed by the referee straight after the game rather than waiting for the media outcry following the match. I think the referee and his team need to stick around and take a look at decisions.
MH: I wouldn't be the only manager who has been disappointed with referees this season.
MH: I thought Peter was a bit unlucky to be perfectly honest in regards to the first yellow. The second was correct so he had to go which was disappointing and we now miss him against West Ham United.
The gaffer has now arrived.
Mark Hughes should be with us shortly for his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow's Barclays Premier League fixture against West Ham United at the Britannia Stadium.
We'll be back on Friday for the pre-match press conference for the weekend's game against West Ham at half past 2, and then again on Saturday to cover the clash
A full match report will follow on stokecityfc.com with post match reaction on Stoke City Player as well
Thanks for joining us this evening it's just a shame we couldn't bring you a win