Stoke City manager Mark Hughes revealed goalkeeper Jack Butland produced his superb performance against Norwich City while playing with a broken finger.
Hughes’ men took the lead in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Carrow Road thanks as Mame Biram Diouf headed home debutant Xherdan Shaqiri’s right-wing free-kick after 11 minutes.
But Stoke were pegged back in the 28th minute through a low strike from Norwich captain Russell Martin shortly after the first of two water breaks in energy-sapping heat.
Norwich dictated matters from that point, but were denied a second straight win thanks to a stunning showing from Butland, who pulled off a string of fantastic saves to keep the hosts at bay.
And Hughes said: “I am happy. We had a decent amount of play in the first half, but didn’t create a great deal, the conditions took the edge off our game.
“In the end, we are grateful for a number of saves from Jack Butland, who was outstanding. At the moment, Jack has a broken finger as well, so that shows the strength of character he has.”
Asked about the performance of record signing Shaqiri, Hughes added: “Xherdan Shaqiri will get better the longer he is with us, but you can see that he will be a key player for us.
“He hasn’t played much, but the 90 minutes will do him the world of good.”