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Manager Challenges Players

Manager Mark Hughes

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10:00 21st April 2017

Boss wants return to scoring ways on the road...

MARK HUGHES has challenged his players to end their barren spell in front of goal on the road when they travel to the Liberty Stadium this weekend.

The Potters have failed to net a Premier League goal away from the bet365 Stadium since recording a resounding 3-1 triumph over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in January.

The Welshman says whilst he has been frustrated by his players’ lack of cutting edge at the top end of the field in recent away outings, he has taken confidence from their ability to create opportunities.

“Every time you go up against a Premier League team it is a real test, it doesn’t matter if they are at the top, in the middle or down at the bottom,” he said on Friday morning.

“The key is being able to manage a game correctly, and get through difficult periods unscathed and then take your chances when you create them.

“Almost every game we have been in we have created good opportunities to score goals, but for whatever reason we haven’t managed to do that.

“There have been matches where we have really been in the ascendency, the Burnley game is one that immediately springs to mind.

“We largely dominated the game from start to finish and created plenty of chances but failed to capitalise on any of them, then at the other end they scored on the break and managed to win the game.”

He added: “It has been a disappointing run for us, but I am certain that we will put it to bed very soon, hopefully at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.”

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