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Hughes undeterred by Stoke form

18 October 2013 17:11

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is not concerned by the team's recent run of results in the Premier League.

The Britannia Stadium outfit went into the international break on the back of three consecutive top-flight defeats, with Arsenal, Norwich City and Fulham all inflicting defeats on Hughes' charges.

That run has seen Stoke slip to 16th in the standings ahead of Saturday's home encounter against West Brom, with seven points taken from as many matches.

But Hughes believes that the performances of his team have shown they are well capable of turning the tide.

"The results haven't worried me because the performance levels, Norwich aside, have been there," he said.

"We should have won the Fulham game comfortably, we went to Arsenal and arguably could have taken a point, and even before that we should have taken all three points against Manchester City.

"I would like to think that the game will be a good spectacle tomorrow. We come into the game on the back of a few disappointing results, whilst West Brom have had a few very impressive results.

"The results that we have had haven't reflected the performance levels that the players reached."

Hughes was particularly disappointed with the 1-0 setback against Fulham, a club he used to manage, especially the performance of referee Roger East and his failure to send off Pajtim Kasami, who raised a hand to Stoke full-back Erik Pieters.

And the 49-year-old called for more consistency from officials.

He added: "It was a tough one to take at Fulham, because we were by far the best team on show that day.

"There were disappointments on the day with regards to certain decisions, but these things happen unfortunately.

"All you want as a manager is to see the game defining decisions handled right, and unfortunately for us on the day they weren't."

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