Hughes: Stoke on right path

Stoke boss Mark Hughes believes his side are well on their way to consigning their reputation as long-ball merchants to the history books.

Last Updated: 29/09/13 at 12:50 Post Comment

Mark Hughes: Convinced that the goals will soon start flowing

Mark Hughes: Convinced that the goals will soon start flowing

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Hughes reckons the tactical changes he has introduced since replacing Tony Pulis in the summer are beginning to pay dividends, despite a meagre return of just four goals in five games.

"I am convinced that at some point things will turn and we will score a greater amount of goals," he said ahead of Sunday's clash with Norwich.

"We are certainly creating chances and that is encouraging. I think it is only a matter of time until we really take the game to somebody and score quite a few goals.

"I have good quality and good ability in many, many positions.

"We have enough players here to get us through a long, hard season. There are good players who haven't even made the bench recently, so seeing them perform well in midweek was fantastic.

"We are enjoying what we are doing at the moment, playing well and looking forward to every game that comes along. Norwich will accept that it is a difficult game for them, but it won't be easy for us either.

"We've got a good run of fixtures coming up after the weekend so there is a chance for us to go out and show what we are capable of doing this season."

Hughes has a concern over midfielder Matthew Etherington, who suffered whiplash in a traffic incident on Friday morning, but hopes he will be fit enough to feature.

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