Fulham manager Mark Hughes not contemplating many changes for League Cup meeting with Stoke City

Cottagers up for the challenge, insists boss...
Fulham boss Mark Hughes believes that his side are capable of facing up to three games in eight days without the need for making too many changes.

The Cottagers head to the Potteries to face Stoke City in the third round of the League Cup tonight and once again Hughes is willing to select his strongest available line-up, as he continues to assess his new group of players.

"I made the point before and after the last round that we are very early in the season and we don't need to make many changes," said Hughes.

"From a new manager's point of view, I want to see the core elements of my team play as much as possible.

"That might be different for other clubs who have managers who know their teams inside out.

"That is a different situation, but for me it helps seeing them play as many times as I can."

Unlike many of his counterparts who will use the League Cup as a chance to rest their first team stars and give game time to their fringe players, Hughes believes that with the season being only just over a month old, his players won't feel any physical strain from the early season workload.

He said: "Physically we recover as well as anybody and we never compromise by playing anybody when they are not fully recovered, so it's not an issue.

"I made the point before and after the last round against Port Vale that we're very early in the season and I don't think you need to make that many changes."

Fulham are so far unbeaten this campaign and Hughes has been encouraged by his side's early season form, but is fully aware that they haven't won on their travels in the last year.

"I've come into a new club and am trying new things and not dismantling what was there but adding a more positive slant, certainly away from home," he said.

"It's been a good start in those terms and we will look to keep that going against Stoke, who are always very strong at home."

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