Mark Hughes calls for stronger Stoke defence ahead of Burnley clash


Stoke City travel to Turf Moor tonight where they face an in-form Burnley side.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be looking for his side to be “more resolute” following his side’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

The Potters are not in the best of form, winning one out of their last six, with that win coming against relegation candidates Swansea City.

They lost 5-1 to Tottenham, after only being 1-0 down at half time.

Conceding five now means Stoke have the worst goal difference in the league, conceding 18 more than tonight’s hosts. This is despite spending £25 million on defensive options in the summer transfer window, including £18 million on former Spurs man Kevin Wimmer.

Hughes said: “We went through the events of the weekend and did not focus the meeting too much on Burnley.

“It was a case of highlighting things we need to do better that will help us moving forward and certainly we need to be more resolute in terms of our defensive work against a very good Burnley side.

Hughes and his side have marked this game as one they can use to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat: “[The result] doesn’t sit comfortably with me or the players, it’s a good thing we are playing on Tuesday as the first thing the guys were saying is it’s a good thing it’s Tuesday as we can go out there and do something about it.”

Hughes also talked about the fans’ unrest: “We owe it to the fans to do something about it on Tuesday and that’s our intention.”

They travel to Burnley not boasting the best of records against Sean Dyche’s side, winning only two of their last six against The Clarets. Should results go against Hughes’ side in this round of Premier League matches, they could find themselves in the bottom three.


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