Stoke manager Tony Pulis has rejected claims that his side’s next fixture against fellow strugglers QPR is a must-win game.
The Potters have only won one game this season, picking up most of their nine points from draws but the Welshman insists that his side will have plenty of time to turn their fortunes around even if they are beaten by the Hoops.
When asked, Pulis said told Absolute Radio: "No, not really, I think that, you can lose that game, and win another four on the bounce, end up being mid-table, but you want to win games, of course.
"We’ve got to start being a little bit more ruthless in the final third, I think the performances have been a lot better than the results and that sometimes happens. You have to accept that."
Pulis also backed Mark Hughes to turn QPR’s dreadful start to the season around and believes the west London outfit will secure their Premier League safety for another season.
"I think there’s been more draws in the Premiership this year than there has in previous years, so it’s a tighter league," he added.
"They can go on a run, and win three or four games, that’s what you need to do is go on the run and win three or four games out of five or six, and you shoot halfway up the table, I’m sure Mark’s hoping for that."