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Stoke manager Mark Hughes hopes his team can build some momentum following their stunning defeat of Chelsea.

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Mark Hughes: Hopes his team can build some momentum

Mark Hughes: Hopes his team can build some momentum

The Potters secured only their second win in 10 Barclays Premier League games as Oussama Assaidi struck a brilliant late winner against Jose Mourinho's men at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke have earned some praise for their fluid football this term and Hughes believes they have an excellent platform to convert good performances into positive results.

Hughes was particularly satisfied by the spirit that accompanied the pretty play against Chelsea.

He told the club's website, www.stokecityfc.com: "You go into games against the top teams and you hope for a good performance, an intensity to your work, and that's what we got.

"We found it difficult after we conceded and then we obviously had to hang on in there but we did that.

"We got ourselves back level and then in the second half I thought we were exceptional.

"It is pleasing when we are able to produce what we produced against one of the better teams in the Premier League.

"That gives you confidence that you can go up against anybody and give them a game.

"The proviso is that you have to perform and be right on your game and you have to excel at what you are trying to do.

"That comes from preparation, mentality and belief in what you are trying to achieve.

"We had that in bucketfuls against Chelsea and we will have to hit the same heights again against Hull away."

Stoke head to the KC Stadium for the Saturday evening fixture a point behind the 12th-placed Tigers in the table.

Hughes has been impressed by how Hull, under his former Manchester United team-mate Steve Bruce, have performed back in the top flight following last season's promotion.

He said: "It's a difficult game because they are an accomplished team.

"I think they have acquitted themselves really well in their season back.

"They have got a lot of players that have played at the level before, they have got a little bit of know-how about the Premier League. They are not going in blind.

"They understand what it is all about and have got an experienced manager as well.

"They have had a number of good performances and good wins.

"Obviously they had a result against Crystal Palace which I am sure they are disappointed about but they bounced straight back against Liverpool and had an outstanding win.

"It is another test - as all games in the Premier League are."

Stoke have lost five and won just one of their seven away games and Hughes knows that record must improve.

He said: "I think everybody enjoyed last weekend, it would be wrong not to.

"Wins make everybody happy and we want that to continue.

"If we can go on and pick up points on our travels that will help us muchly in terms of final totals.

"As always, back-to-back wins, which we have an opportunity to get this weekend, would be massive for us."

Stoke have a doubt over goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who suffered a thigh injury in training earlier this week.

Thomas Sorensen, who has not started in the Premier League since the final game of the 2011-12 season, is standing by to replace him.

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