Britannia Stadium

Next Game

Stoke v Liverpool

Sunday, 09 August 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Last Game

FC Porto 3 - 0 Stoke

Sunday, 02 August 2015, 16:45

Friendly Match

Hughes hails versatile Wilson

Mark Hughes says the fine form Marc Wilson is displaying at centre-half will allow Stoke City to ease Robert Huth back into the fold.

Last Updated: 16/12/13 at 12:31 Post Comment

Marc Wilson: Has been impressing manager Mark Hughes

Marc Wilson: Has been impressing manager Mark Hughes

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Potters have had to shuffle their pack after seeing commanding defender Huth laid low with a knee complaint which has required surgery.

His absence could have hit Stoke hard, as he remains a key component in their first-choice starting XI.

Wilson's versatility has, however, helped to cover the loss, with the Republic of Ireland international putting in another assured display on Saturday as Hughes' men collected their sixth clean sheet of the season in a goalless draw at Hull City.

The Stoke boss told The Sentinel: "Marc looks really comfortable and he's done really well for us.

"I'm really pleased for Marc because he's a good professional and a good technical player who can play in any number of positions. He shows real composure and doesn't get fazed by anything.

"There's no real pressure to get Robert back before he's ready. He's an important player for us, we all know that, but if we can make sure he's 100 per cent right we may well get a bigger, stronger Robert Huth...if that's possible."

On his hopes heading forward, with Stoke having edged five points clear of the relegation zone, Hughes says the club are making the kind of progress he had envisaged after inheriting the managerial reins from Tony Pulis over the summer.

He added: "I'm not going to go away too much from what has brought success in the past.

"But I want to progress to allow us to become a top-10 team in the next couple of years and have the potential to do that on a regular basis."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

I

t's wrong to be making a joke out of Bender's name at the expense of gay people. It's the kind of childish, uncivilised thing that Football365 would deride and ridicule if it was another media outlet saying. Why is there a need for jokes like this? Does it make your writers feel like men? F365 might suggest that I 'lighten up', but it is genuinely traumatic for people who have been oppressed all their lives to be the butt of jokes, and to be told...

anamsport
The Beeriod Gossip

Footer 365

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

Di Maria joining bigger club - Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva believes Angel Di Maria is joining a club in Paris Saint-Germain that are bigger than any apart from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Wenger: 'Nothing happening' with Benzema

Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation linking Arsenal with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Mail Box

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company