Hughes backs Stoke to climb table

Last Updated: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:23

Mark Hughes is refusing to panic and says Stoke will soon start climbing the table following a tough run of fixtures.

The Potters are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference but Hughes says their performance in Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Manchester United proves they have more than enough to pull away from trouble.

Stoke were heading for a shock 2-1 win at Old Trafford until late goals from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez earned the Reds and their under-pressure boss David Moyes all three points.

"We have played Liverpool, Arsenal and now Manchester United away in our first nine games and they have certainly been difficult fixtures," Hughes said.

"It's about performances at this stage as far as I am concerned and if we keep performing like we have been, and certainly against United, we are going to pick up points against lesser teams and we will be ok.

"I was really pleased with what they produced, we created numerous clear-cut chances, and it was just the key moments that let us down.

"We could very easily have been three or four goals to the good in the first half and that would have been too much for United to come back, even with all their resources."

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