Mark Hughes believes that back-to-back wins in the Premier League is possible ahead of the Potters’ clash with Leicester City.
Hughes’ side beat a high-flying Watford last Saturday, Darren Fletcher was the unlikely hero, as his volley from a Xherdan Shaqiri corner nestled into the bottom corner.
“The importance of back-to-back results is always there in the Premier League and it’s difficult to do,” Hughes said in a news conference this morning.
Hughes was delighted with his players performance last week: “We needed a reaction against Watford and that’s what we got with the manner of our performance.
“It’s an opportunity, obviously when you win away from home, then you have a home game to come and you’ve got to capitalize on it.
“We need to play better than we did against Bournemouth, we found it a struggle and give ourselves too much to do unfortunately,” said Hughes.
Stoke could be without captain Ryan Shawcross, after his dominant display last week earned special praise from pundits across the country.
“He’s got an issue with his thigh, we’re hoping that’s going to resolve itself.
“We want to keep the nearest possible team to what we had at Watford,” said Hughes.
Stoke will also be without USA international, Geoff Cameron, as he continues to recover from concussion.
“Geoff is still suffering from concussion, which is taking a little longer than we hoped.
“There is a protocol and he has had to undertake some tests, which have come back showing he still isn’t quite ready to come back into consideration,” added Hughes.
Bruno Martins Indi, Peter Crouch and Glen Johnson may all return to the starting line-up with Shawcross and Cameron doubts for the clash at the Bet365 Stadium.