MARK HUGHES has told his Stoke City players they will run the risk of enduring an anti-climactic away day at Hull if they fail to reproduce the level of performance that saw off Chelsea.
The Potters will go in search of a second successive Premier League victory when they face the Tigers in front of the SKY cameras at the KC Stadium tomorrow evening.
They are still on a high after last weekend’s memorable win over Chelsea but Hughes has stressed the importance of his side picking up this weekend where they left off against Jose Mourinho’s men.
“We’re conscious that we don’t want it to be a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show’ because we want to keep progressing,” Hughes told stokecityfc.com.
“It’s up to us to make sure we start off in the same vein as we finished the Chelsea game. We’ll remind the players of the effort and emotion that were on display against Chelsea because we’ll need exactly the same against Hull.
“It’s not going to be easy because they are a good team. They’ve got good points on the board at home but it’s up to us to use the confidence we gained against Chelsea – and the manner in which we beat them – and kick on.”
Hull boss Steve Bruce was at the Britannia Stadium to witness Stoke’s triumph over the Londoners and his ex-Manchester United team-mates Hughes added: “Steve will have seen the manner of our performance and is probably hoping that we don’t hit the same levels that we did particularly in the second half against his own team.
“He will understand that when we do play well we’re a good team but like all managers he will have a game plan to try and negate our strengths and expose our weaknesses. We’ll try to do the same to Hull.”
Hull have recorded four Premier League wins at home this season, including a 3-1 success over Liverpool in their last appearance at the KC Stadium earlier this month, and Hughes believes Bruce has moulded a team bearing similar characteristics to those he showed as a player.
“Steve was whole-hearted and committed and he had no little skill as well and he was probably under-estimated a little bit,” he explains.
“Those qualities are probably reflected in his Hull City side. They work hard for each other and within their side they have a lot of very talented players, which is a good reflection on their manager.”