City boss says he and his players are ready to stand up to the challenge...
MARK HUGHES admits his side have underperformed this season but maintains that he and the group of players will turn things around.
The Potters head into Saturday’s crucial Premier League encounter with West Bromwich Albion desperate for victory, having succumbed to defeat in each of their last three outings.
Last weekend’s 3-0 home reverse to West Ham United dropped City just one place outside the relegation zone, and whilst Hughes admits it isn’t nice to be in such a position, he remains convinced that the side will soon begin to show their potential.
“We are in a situation where we are not where we expected to be, and I think we all acknowledge that,” he told the media ahead of tomorrow’s clash.
“But, I would be more concerned if I felt the side itself didn’t have the capability of getting points on the board from this point onwards.
“We are a decent group, I think people have watched our games and a lot of the comments from people who have actually understood what was happening have seen that we have been committed, and at times produced match winning performances which weren't rewarded."
“We need to step up a little bit and turn things around because the longer this goes on, clearly the more difficult it gets for us.
“I don’t sense and apprehension about where we are though, in terms of the group themselves and from my point of view.
“I know this group better than anybody else and I know we have the quality to go out there and pick up points.
“Prior to the West Ham United game, in terms of like for like results from last year, we were actually in better shape - so that shows you where it is.”
He added: “We want to have a far stronger second half of the season, of course, that is certainly our intention.”
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