Hughes: Stoke are not far from being established in the top 10

Date published: Tuesday 28th November 2017 8:24

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has insisted that it is only a matter of time before his side establish themselves in the top 10 of the Premier League.

The Potters host Liverpool on Wednesday night looking for their first win since their impressive away win at Watford in October.

Despite a poor run of form, Hughes believes that his side are not far away from the next victory, and has set his side a target.

“I really don’t think we are too away from establishing ourselves in the top half of the league. Once we get there then we will stay there,” said the Welshman.

“The only way we can quieten people down who are a little bit negative and anxious, which is what the Premier league does to people, is to pick up positive results.

“You have to be careful that whenever you lose a lead, or a potential opportunity to win the game, then emotion can cloud your actual perception of the game itself.”

He added: “On the day [against Crystal Palace] I thought it was an OK performance, but clearly goals shape people’s perception of the game, and consequently we need to cut those poor goals out.

“We don’t have any major issues, not in my view anyway, for the most part we are performing well enough to get positive results.

“Unfortunately we fell at the final hurdle. We aren’t devastated though – we will turn it around.

“It seems to have been quite negative since the start of the season, and the only way we can do that is by winning.”

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