MARK HUGHES admits that it is imperative that improvements are made if his side are to bounce back from Saturday's 4-0 defeat against Everton.
The Potters have just three days to stew over their heaviest loss of the campaign as newly promoted Cardiff City visit the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Hughes acknowledged his disappointment at such a lacklustre showing at Goodison Park and spoke of the importance of picking his players up ahead of back-to-back home games against the Bluebirds and Chelsea.
"It was disappointing, obviously to concede the goals that we did and at the times that we did, that killed us to be honest," the Welshman told Stoke City Player following the encounter.
"We conceded some very poor goals, especially the one right before the break. Had we gone in at half-time level then it could have been a totally different game.
"We then come out after the break and concede another straight away which pretty much takes the game away from us, and that is disappointing.
"In the end I think that Everton were just too good for us today, and had great ability and pace which earned them the victory. We have to pick ourselves up very quickly."
He added: "We didn't do our jobs well enough in key areas of the pitch, and in key areas of the game - and in the end that has cost us dearly.
"I have learned a few things today, and I will look back at the match before Cardiff and then assess which eleven I think will be good enough to go out there and win the game, which is now our priority."
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