Britannia Stadium

Next Game

Stoke v Man Utd

Thursday, 01 January 2015, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Britannia Stadium

Last Game

Stoke 2 - 0 W Brom

Sunday, 28 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Stoke working to change style

Stoke City are working hard to change their style of play, admits number two Mark Bowen.

Last Updated: 08/08/13 at 12:48 Post Comment

Mark Bowen: Working hard with squad

Mark Bowen: Working hard with squad

Boss Mark Hughes has already admitted that there will be a difference this season in his style, to that of former manager Tony Pulis.

And Bowen admits they have been doing a lot of work on the training ground.

"We were watching clips of teams like Chelsea, Swansea and Liverpool to see how they play out from the back," explained Bowen.

"We were showing the fundamentals, but also what can go wrong.

"We want the players to know they can play the ball, that mistakes will be made, but that we won't come down on them like a ton of bricks every time.

"It's a question of building up their confidence.

"We then went out on to the training field to try and put things into practice.

"We must have come back in about two-and-a-half hours later, so there was no second afternoon session.

"We are feeding players a lot of information and you don't want to feed them too much.

"So in the afternoon, it was a case of them getting some fitness and strength work done.

"That is the kind of work we have been doing every day and we'll build up to the Genoa game on Saturday."

Changes

One man who is embracing the changes is Glenn Whelan - who has been asked to take on a more attacking role.

"A manager picks you to do a certain role and I went in there to do a job which I was asked to do," he said.

"If I can now pitch in and score, which I would like to do and have done previously, then so be it.

"Obviously things have changed with a new manager coming in with different ideas and as a player, you have to open yourself up to what he wants to get into his team.

"I think everyone knows what he wants by now. He's trying to get us to get the ball down a lot more, not being as direct and playing through midfield a bit more.

"We've played a lot of games in pre-season now. He's played three in midfield at times and there's always been one sitting, which gives the others freedom to get into the box and help the strikers.

"I think everyone is enjoying it and taking to his ways really well, but in saying that we know this has only been pre-season so far and the real season is still to come."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

HarryBoulton
One Point And One Conclusion For United

P

arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

magicfuller
Warnock sacked by Palace

W

e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

gettalong
Wenger: Giroud deserved red

Footer 365

Premier League: Tony Popovic would be free to leave current club for Crystal Palace job

Western Sydney Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer will not stand in Tony Popovic's way if Crystal Palace approach him.

Sky sources: Alan Irvine will be in charge for West Brom's trip to West Ham on New Year's Day

A senior West Brom source has told Sky Sports News HQ that Alan Irvine will be in charge for the game against West Ham.

Sky sources: Newcastle 'disappointed' over Alan Pardew link to Crystal Palace

Newcastle are disappointed at the timing of the speculation linking their manager Alan Pardew with Crystal Palace.

Mail Box

What's Happened To Everton And Martinez?

There aren't many people still talking about how the Spaniard is better than David Moyes. Plus, thoughts on Jose Mourinho's moaning and Spurs at least being very fit...

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property