Ewood Park

Next Game

Blackburn v Stoke City

Sunday, 03 August 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

1860 Munich 2 - 0 Stoke City

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 16:00

Friendly Match

Hughes targets cup success

Stoke manager Mark Hughes admits his charges must capitalise on good performances by getting positive results.

Last Updated: 04/11/13 at 21:14 Post Comment

Mark Hughes: Stoke boss is aiming for a run of good results and some cup success

Mark Hughes: Stoke boss is aiming for a run of good results and some cup success

The Potters conceded two late goals in a 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday, after twice holding the lead over Manchester United.

Stoke have only taken two points from their last six games though, and Hughes hopes his team can start a good run of results starting with the Capital Once Cup clash at Birmingham on Tuesday.

Hughes enjoyed success in the competition as a player with Manchester United, Chelsea and Blackburn, and he hopes to take Stoke all the way this season.

"We are enjoying playing at the moment but we need to get results, we can't keep patting ourselves on the back and say we are playing well we need to start winning," Hughes said.

"I've always said cup competitions can help your league form so if you get on a good run in the cup it can filter into your league form so it is an important game for us.

"We will be strong because I've always picked strong sides if you a look at the teams I've picked this year and in previous years at different clubs.

"I've always tried to give the competition the respect it deserves and we are edging towards the latter stages so why wouldn't we go strong?

"I'll make changes - some might be forced and others because I want to look at certain things - but we'll go with a team capable of winning the game.

"The competition has been quite good to me and I've always enjoyed cup competitions. I'd love to be able to take Stoke to a Wembley final. That was the aim at the start of the season.

"Birmingham are strong at home and caused an upset against Swansea so we won't take them lightly but we feel we can progress."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

heyremind me of Utd's treble winning side. Swashbuckling and risk prone. We ha Jaap Stam to paper over the cracks at the back though. Not sure they have their Jaap yet.

HarryBoulton
New Striker Not Liverpool's Priority...

A

lexis Sanchez; too good for Liverpool, Stevie. :)

pires
Suarez 'too good for Arsenal'

T

he solution is to not feel sorry for any of Jabba, Gold or Sullivan. They're all deeply unpleasant and all deserve each other. If only West Ham would sign Barton and Suarez then no one would ever need to despise any other club.

spuzzell
The Strange Idea Of Sympathy For Big Sam

Footer 365

Patrice Evra reveals he would have been Man Utd captain if he had stayed

Patrice Evra has revealed he would have been made captain if he had stayed at Manchester United.

Transfer news: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers targets further signings

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to further strengthen his squad ahead of the transfer deadline on September 1.

Transfer news: Jose Mourinho confirms Fernando Torres will stay at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Sky Sports News Fernando Torres will not be sold during this transfer window.

Mail Box

Plenty Of Reasons Why Lukaku's Worth It

The mailbox defends Everton's enormous outlay on Romelu Lukaku, while we also have mails on Spurs and Suarez. Oh, and worrying about the new magic spray...

Sterling Stuff And Other Friendly Thoughts

We have one reader reaching conclusions from last night's friendly while we have others discussing Romelu Lukaku's move to Everton. Oh and some swearing...

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