Manager Mark Hughes
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18:10 2nd August 2014
POTTERS boss Mark Hughes was pleased with his players' fitness levels in the goalless draw against League Two side Burton Albion on Saturday.
The City manager named a strong starting eleven for the pre-season clash at the Pirelli Stadium which included World Cup stars Geoff Cameron and Peter Odemwingie, along with summer signing Steve Sidwell.
Striker Cameron Jerome and defender Ryan Shotton came closest to breaking the deadlock for the Potters in what was a good workout for the Premier League side.
Hughes says he was happy with the players' performance levels as well as the result against a side who open their League Two campaign next weekend.
"It was important we gave some of the players a bit of game time and we got exactly that this afternoon," he told stokecityfc.com
"We needed to give Geoff Cameron and Peter Odemwingie some playing time, and we will up the tempo for them next week so they can get up to the same levels as the rest of the squad.
"Today was all about giving players a run out in order to build their fitness levels against a strong side who are only a week away from starting their respective season.
"I thought we did ok today without really having a goal threat and all in all every player who took part today was fully focused and put a real shift in."
The Stoke boss gave local lad Oliver Shenton his first Potters appearance in the senior team when he replaced Wilson Palacios in the second half.
The 16-year-old from Blythe Bridge looked comfortable in the middle of the park alongside experienced midfielder Steve Sidwell and almost had a debut to remember when his definitive volley was cleared off the line.
Hughes went on to say that Shenton is a player that the Club have high hopes for in the future.
"Ollie is a player we have a lot of hopes for," he said.
"He is only a young player at 16 but we saw today what we see in training, he has a lot of personality and he is not afraid to get on the ball.
"He has a very good technique and we will support him in continuing his progress but he has showed good signs whenever he trains with the senior group."