Sunday 18 March 2018

Stoke vow to hit back

Stoke boss Mark Hughes
Stoke boss Mark Hughes

Damian Spellman

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has warned Tottenham to beware his wounded side as they attempt to bounce back from a horror show at Newcastle.

The Potters head for White Hart Lane still smarting from Thursday's dismal visit to Tyneside, where they were beaten 5-1 in highly controversial circumstances.

Indeed, such is their enduring anger over events at St James' Park, where Irish duo Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson were sent off inside three first-half minutes, chairman Peter Coates has indicated the club's intention to make an official complaint about referee Martin Atkinson.

In the meantime, Hughes, who has been charged with improper conduct after being sent to the stands for his reaction to Whelan's dismissal, faces the task of preparing his team for another tough assignment.

"We are exasperated by the events, but we have another game coming our way very quickly, which I think is a good thing for us," said Hughes. "Obviously we will be without a few players now, but we still have players who have the quality to go to Tottenham and cause them a lot of problems."

Hughes' confidence is founded on an opening half-hour or so at St James' Park during which the visitors took the game to their high-flying hosts and deservedly went ahead through Oussama Assaidi's fine 29th-minute strike.

Whelan and Wilson are suspended as a result of their red cards, while first-choice 'keeper Asmir Begovic could be sidelined for up to six weeks after breaking a finger.

Irish Independent

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