Stoke City’s Mark Hughes wants 100th Premier League win for Potters in Hull City clash

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes will be looking to guide the Potters to their 100th win in the Premier League when they face Hull City.

Stoke are 18th in the table but will hoping for another win when they take on Hull at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday, October 22.

The Potters’ victory at the bet365 Stadium last week over Sunderland was the first for Hughes’ men in the Premier League since the final game of last season against West Ham, but the Stoke boss insists it was a long time coming.

He said: “Everybody was pleased after last week’s game, but we were showing encouraging signs before that.

“It had been coming.

“The vast majority of players have been for a while so we win together, draw together and lose together.

“We know we are a confident group and we are hard to beat.”

Following a tasty start to their campaign, Hull City have lost their last four games including a 6-1 thumping at Bournemouth last Saturday.

But Hughes is wary of the threat the Tigers pose, and expects them to bounce back.

He said: “Hull will be looking for a reaction at home after a heavy defeat, but there is a chance we can get at them and test their confidence.

“Picking up points in the Premier League is always difficult, even when you come up against a side who is struggling, they can recover.

“Mike Phelan is a good coach and given time he will stamp his mark on the team, there has been a lot of outside distraction with ownership.

Hughes will also be hoping for Joe Allen to continue his goal-scoring touch, after the Welshman bagged both goals against Sunderland.

“Joe has surprised himself, he seems to have found a knack of getting onto the ball in the box, he’s anticipating like a striker.”

The match kicks off at 3pm.

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