Hughes impresses Etherington

Stoke winger Matt Etherington has hailed the impact of new manager Mark Hughes at the Britannia Stadium.

Last Updated: 22/08/13 at 23:00 Post Comment

Matt Etherington: Impressed by Mark Hughes

Matt Etherington: Impressed by Mark Hughes

Hughes replaced Tony Pulis at Stoke earlier this summer and the former Blackburn and Manchester City boss is looking to implement a new style of football at the club.

Etherington has been impressed by Hughes' ideas and feels the whole squad are fully behind the manager's plans as they look to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Liverpool when they take on Crystal Palace this weekend

"I speak for every one of the lads when I say everyone is buying into what the manager is trying to implement here and everyone is looking forward to the season ahead, Etherington told the Stoke Sentinel.

"If you're a Stoke City fan you can definitely see improvement in the team in an offensive sense and the fact we want to get the ball down.

"I can only see good things for us this year, definitely.

"It's a big game against Palace. It's imperative we pick up early points, and if we play like we did at Liverpool in certain areas of the game, and even improve, then I'm sure we will."

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