MARK HUGHES says he is hoping his players spoil Hull City’s party on Sunday in the same way Aston Villa ruined his side’s opening home game of the season last weekend.
Paul Lambert’s side recorded all three points at the Britannia Stadium six days ago courtesy of Andreas Weimann’s powerful effort just minutes after the half-time interval.
The Potters were rarely able to trouble the visitors in what transpired to be a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.
Hughes is however hopeful of bouncing back from that reverse in front of the live television cameras at the KC Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
“Playing away from home may possibly may play into our hands a little bit,” the Welshman told Stoke City Player this week.
“It’s a very difficult fixture for us because they will be on a high having recorded a good away win against Queens Park rangers on the opening day.
“They will be looking at this, their first home game, as a chance to put on a show for their supporters, but that may cause them a few issues if we are able to start the game strong.
“We may look to play on that if we are able to do so and make them feel a little bit anxious.
“It’s really just about making sure we are nice and compact, remain solid and enabling our key players to impact the game in the right areas. If we can do that then we will be fine, I’m sure.”
Hughes admits there is a fine line between success and failure in the Barclays Premier League, with a moment of magic sometimes required to break down a stubborn opponent.
“You can’t always play as you want to, because in this league you come up against good opposition every time you take to the field,” he added.
“They will always have a game plan to try and stop us doing things that we would like to do. As a consequence of that, sometimes you just need an individual to come up with something special to help the other lads.
“Unfortunately that wasn’t able to happen last weekend, but we certainly have players here now who are capable of doing that for us.”