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Hughes challenges players

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has challenged his players to get the team to 50 points for the first time in Premier League history.

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Mark Hughes: Stoke City manager has challenged his players

Mark Hughes: Stoke City manager has challenged his players

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The Potters currently sit 10th in the table on 44 points with three games left against Tottenham, Fulham and West Brom.

The club have never recorded more than 47 points in the Premier League, set in the 2009/10 season, with their highest ever finish being 11th in the same year.

Hughes said: "We set ourselves a challenge at the beginning of the year and we're on course.

"I sat them down and said this is what we are going to try and do.

"Given that the points total was higher than they had ever got before, maybe some of them in the room didn't believe it was possible.

"But credit to them, they have really focused on what we needed to do and hit almost every target we have set them during the season.

"I think a lot of people at the beginning of the season thought we would have difficulty competing, but we have been okay and we're in a great position to finish off the season in a good way.

"The lads have been great and have brought what we are doing to other people's attention, and now people are aware we are doing okay.

"But we've still got to achieve things.

"I always try to set targets which will enable the team I'm at to go for something they haven't achieved before."

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