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A Work In Progress

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MARK HUGHES has declared himself pleased with the progression that his players are making during pre-season as they continue to adapt to the new playing style that the Wrexham born boss is implementing at the Britannia Stadium.

The Welshman, who oversaw a 1-0 victory against his hometown Club at the Racecourse Ground on Sunday afternoon, has been impressed by the transition that the players have already made over the past month.

However, he feels that further work is needed over the coming weeks, and believes that it may even be during the season that the players become fully accustomed to the new methods that he and his backroom staff are putting into place.

"We are a work in progress in many aspects, but that said I think the players have taken giant strides in such a short space of time," he told Stoke City Player following the clash.

"Today you could see passages of play which were good, but at the same time there were one or two things that we weren't quite so pleased about.

"The week coming up is a big week for us, and one that I am really looking forward to. There are areas that we have to improve upon, and we will be looking to work on them over the next seven days."

He added: "You could sense that the supporters were pleased with what we were trying to do out there, and they really seemed to appreciate the good passages of play that we produced.

"We can be better though, and we will be better once the players become accustomed to what we are looking to do. We have good players here and when they fully adapt I believe that they will cause teams a lot of problems."

The City boss also delivered promising news on Brek Shea, who suffered a knee injury during the 2-0 friendly victory against Philadelphia Union in the United States on Tuesday.

"It's not as bad as we first feared which is great news for us, but we will still be without him for a number of weeks," he added.

"He certainly won't be available for the first game of the season against Liverpool game, but the medical staff here are excellent and we can expect him to be back sooner than people think given the nature of the injury."

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