The Mark Hughes Stoke v Newcastle Press Conference
Mark Hughes claims that Alan Pardew has the ‘ability’ to turn around the situation at Newcastle United.
The Stoke boss was speaking at his press conference ahead of Monday night’s match, and also believes that things will be more difficult now, after the confidence Newcastle’s cup win at Crystal Palace will have sparked.
Mark Hughes speaking on Thursday afternoon as reported by the Stoke Sentinel;
“It is difficult but he’s a very experienced manager. He is in charge of a big club with big expectations and has been through other cases like this before and came out on the other side. He’s made changes, his team has shown character in the last couple of games and look like they are still playing for him.
“He has the ability to turn the situation around. From our point of view it is a shame because it looks like he’s had a turn of confidence, they had a great win in midweek. Confidence is probably higher than ten days ago but we just want to take care of our own business. If that adds to the pressure on him, that is what we have to do.
“If we don’t perform correctly they are a good side, look at their squad. On paper it is a very difficult fixture but we feel we are in a good place. We have had two home games when we haven’t got a point but that’s not to say we’ve been desperately poor. We weren’t happy with our performance against Villa but we were better against Leicester.
“We just look at Newcastle as the next game. We wanted more points at this stage because we looked at our home games and thought we’d do better but we feel our home form is just around the corner. We’re in a good run of form away and we want to get back on track here.
“We have conceded five in five, a goal a game, which is less than our average for last year. There seems to be maybe a lot more away teams going to places and having a go, catching people on counter-attacks. That’s what’s happened to us in home games. We are looking to be more positive than last year and that’s helping us because we’re on a decent run of away form at the moment.”
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