MARK HUGHES is backing his Stoke City players to build on the momentum generated by their first Premier League win in nine games by clinching a result against Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow.
The Potters are in a buoyant frame of mind after last weekend’s 2-0 win over Sunderland extended their unbeaten run to three games.
Hughes is certainly not under-estimating the size of the challenge posed by an Everton side who extended their sequence of home league games without a defeat to an impressive 15 matches with a 3-3 draw against arch-rivals Liverpool last weekend.
However, the City chief is convinced his side are capable of securing a reward from their trip to Merseyside.
“Everton took part in a great derby last weekend and got a lot of plaudits for the way they played, and quite rightly so,” he told Stoke City Player.
“They are a good team; they have been a good team for a long time now. It’s going to be a difficult game for us but we’ve got momentum given that we won at the weekend and we’ll go there in good heart.
“We’re looking forward to the game. I think we’ve got players in our team that can cause them problems, so we’ll see how it goes.
“In terms of a challenge, going to Goodison Park is always difficult for any opposition team, no matter who they are, but given that we won last weekend and our away form has been fine we’ll look to get a positive result.”
Goals from midfield pair Charlie Adam and Steven Nzonzi ended Stoke’s near three-month wait for a Premier League victory as Sunderland were dispatched at the Britannia Stadium and Hughes admits that success eased a growing sense of frustration.
He added: “We’ve obviously enjoyed this week because whenever you win in the Premier League it gives the following week a different atmosphere.
“There was an air of frustration before the Sunderland game because we all felt that we were close to matching good performances with good results. We hadn’t been able to complete the circle in some games where we played well but didn’t get the result we deserved.
“It happened against Sunderland, so more of the same is the order of the day.
“We’ve proved that we can play good football in the Premier League this season and hopefully this will be the start of a little bit more momentum in our play and we’ll be able to keep on putting points on the board.”
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