Mark Hughes wants further Stoke improvement

The Britannia Stadium side have abandoned Tony Pulis' direct style of play under the former Wales coach, and picked up seven points from their first five games in the process
Mark Hughes has challenged his Stoke City side to keep on improving after an encouraging start to the season.

Under Hughes, Stoke's possession statistics have improved, with the former Wales and Manchester City manager keen to change the direct style of play employed by former boss Tony Pulis.

Stoke were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal on Sunday, however, with Hughes acknowledging there is plenty of work still to be done at the Britannia Stadium.

"We're passing it very well," he told reporters. "We'll get better.

"We're creating chances and I'm convinced that we'll get more goals from the chances made.

"Our focus is to keep our performance levels consistent and if we do, we should win more than we lose."

And the 49-year-old praised his squad for the way they have adapted to his training exercises and new philosophy.

"I have good quality and ability in many positions," he added. "We have good competition in the squad. There are good players itching to play.

"We're playing in a different way. We're creating chances. We aren't taking as many as we would have liked but we're pleased.

"We want to play in the opposition's half if we can, to keep possession further up the pitch and play our way up there."

Stoke - who sit 10th in the Premier League table - host Norwich City at the Britannia on Sunday.