MARK HUGHES is hoping his side can sign off 2013 in style at White Hart Lane on Sunday, and in the process erase the memories of Thursday’s controversial defeat against Newcastle United.
The Potters looked primed to record their second away victory of the term against the Magpies on Boxing Day, before referee Martin Atkinson dismissed both Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson shortly before the break.
The City boss was clearly disappointed with the official’s decisions, which ultimately played a significant part in the heavy defeat.
However, rather than dwelling on the incidents that occurred in the North East he admits that he is relieved to see another game coming his way in 48 hours’ time.
“We are exasperated by the events of Boxing Day, but we have another game coming our way very quickly which I think is a good thing for us,” he told Stoke City Player
“Obviously we will be without a few players now, but we still have players who have the quality to go to Tottenham and cause them a lot of problems.
“It is hugely disappointing to be here now with nothing to show for our performance against Newcastle, because I really thought that there was only one team that looked like winning that game when it was 11 v11 and that was us.
“It does hurt and it isn’t a fair reflection of the game on our players, but we will use our frustrations to our advantage and look to get the result we want in London on Sunday.”
Hughes confirmed that there would be no appeal on Marc Wilson’s dismissal, and is resigned to losing both him and Republic of Ireland compatriot Glenn Whelan to one-match suspensions.
“We will be without both of them,” he added. “It’s not ideal but that is the way it is – and we have to get on with it.
“They will miss this game, as will Asmir, who looks likely to be out for between four and six weeks.
“The match will more than likely come too soon for Robert [Huth] as well, so we will have to make a couple of changes to the team.”