Hughes Ready For Baggies Test

Mark Hughes

MARK HUGHES isn’t expecting to face a radically different West Bromwich Albion when the two sides lock horns at the bet365 Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

The Potters registered a point on the road at the Hawthorns the last time the sides met back in August, with Peter Crouch stepping off the bench to secure a late share of the spoils for the visitors.

Since then, the Baggies have undertaken a managerial change with Alan Pardew replacing Tony Pulis at the helm.

However, Hughes isn’t expecting Pardew to make significant changes to the make-up of his side, and fully expects them to sit tight, and look to frustrate on Saturday afternoon.

“We look at every game clearly as an opportunity to get back to winning ways, and this one is absolutely no different,” he told the media on Friday morning.

“It is a home game, again, and we want to get the points on board especially having slipped up last weekend.

“West Brom are always a good team in terms that they will try and frustrate - I don’t think they have gone too far away from what they have been doing for a long time."

“They still have that ability, but maybe they look a little bit freer now, having changed manager, in terms of what they are allowed to do on the pitch.

“Maybe the players will enjoy that part of it, but for us, if they come here and come at us then that makes it an easier proposition for us, so I imagine they will want to be disruptive and want to see the game out.”

The Welshman admits that whilst his eyes are firmly focussed on a three-point haul this weekend, he says that work is going on in the background with regards to prospective new acquisitions in Janaury.

“We would like to add strength in January if we can,” he added.

“It isn’t an easy market but we will try to do things if we can - there are key areas of the field that myself and the owners know that need strengthening."

“I am sure they will support the thought process of what we need and what we have the capability of bringing into the Club.

“Hopefully the things we try to put in place now come to fruition in January.”

Tickets for Saturday’s home game against West Bromwich Albion are available – visit the bet365 Stadium Ticket Office, or call on (01782) 367599.