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Hughes looks to ace Bojan for more brilliance

Mark Hughes will be hoping for more magic from Bojan Krkic as Stoke attempt to make it back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season.

The former Barcelona man struggled initially after signing for the Potters in the summer but, since coming back into the team at the end of October, he has got better and better.

It was Bojan (pictured) who stood out as the most influential player on the pitch as Stoke stunned Arsenal last weekend, scoring the second goal in a 3-2 victory.

The Potters head to Crystal Palace today, and manager Hughes said of Bojan: "Arguably he's been our best performer since he's come back in.

"He's worked hard, he's listened, understood what's required and when he came back in I knew he was ready. I can't claim to have known he would perform so well but certainly there was a good chance.

"He wasn't affecting games in the manner we would have liked initially, but that was to be expected. We can't get too carried away because there is still a lot more to come from him, and that is exciting.

"He's only had five or six games at the level he needs to be. His team-mates understand what he can give them and he helps as well with his work ethic."

Striker Jonathan Walters is available despite an ongoing knee problem.

1Cristiano Ronaldo hit a late double as La Liga leaders Real Madrid thumped Almeria 4-1 to extend their Spanish record winning run to 20 matches. Ronaldo struck in the last 10 minutes to take his league tally to 25.


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