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Hughes hopes to build on Blues win

Stoke manager Mark Hughes (pictured) hopes his team can build some momentum following their stunning defeat of Chelsea.

The Potters secured only their second win in 10 Premier League games as Oussama Assaidi struck a brilliant late winner against Jose Mourinho's men at the Britannia Stadium last week.

Stoke have earned some praise for their fluid football this term and Hughes believes they have a good platform to convert good performances into positive results.

Hughes was particularly satisfied by the spirit that accompanied the pretty play against Chelsea. He said: "You go into games against the top teams and you hope for a good performance, an intensity to your work, and that's what we got.

"It is pleasing when we are able to produce what we produced against one of the better teams in the Premier League.

"That gives you confidence that you can go up against anybody and give them a game.

"The proviso is that you have to perform and be right on your game and you have to excel at what you are trying to do.

"That comes from preparation, mentality and belief in what you are trying to achieve.

"We had that in bucketfuls against Chelsea and we will have to hit the same heights again against Hull away."

Stoke head to the KC Stadium this evening fixture a point behind the 12th-placed Tigers in the table. The Potters have a doubt over goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.


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