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Mark Hughes asks for patience from Stoke fans

Mark Hughes asks for patience from Stoke fans

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The Welshman was buoyed by his side's performance in the narrow 1-0 defeat to Liverpool and is hoping to sign more players before the transfer window closes on September 2

Mark Hughes has called for Stoke City fans to be patient as he continues to remould the club both on and off the pitch.

Having taken over from former boss Tony Pulis in May, Hughes is keen to bring a new style of play to the Britannia Stadium this season.

The Welshman's philosophy was evident during the opening-day clash with Liverpool, as Stoke passed the ball well in patches before going down 1-0 to a Daniel Sturridge strike, and the former QPR boss is hopeful of further improvement.

"I want us to create more chances, score more goals and have more confidence in moving up the pitch," the 49-year-old told reporters. "I'm really looking forward to my first home league game, it's going to be something special.

"Fans will be hoping to see a different approach in our play and hopefully they'll be encouraged by what they saw at Anfield last week. We were encouraged rather than disappointed by [the] performance at Liverpool. We were always in the game and always a threat."

Hughes also admitted there was still work to be done off the pitch in bringing in new players, and hopes to have new faces in before the transfer window shuts on September 2.

"We have to be patient with signing players," he added."It has been frustrating but we're confident of having new players through the door soon.

"We're in the market, we're active and we're working around the clock to try and conclude the deals that will improve us. In terms of players coming in, it could go right down to the wire. Some deals go quickly and others take time."

Hughes has made two new signings during the summer with Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa arriving at the club, while Juan Agudelo will move from New England Revolution in January.

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