Stoke must keep improving - Hughes

The former Blackburn boss believes the Potters' new style of play will take time to become effective, while Peter Crouch hailed the team's victory over Chelsea last weekend

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believes his side are adopting a new patient approach to their play and expects more to come from his players.

Hughes saw his team come away from Hull City with a 0-0 draw on Saturday having spurned several good chances to win the game.

Peter Crouch twice forced Allan McGregor into smart saves, while Ryan Shawcross hit the crossbar to leave Hughes happy with his side's progress.

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"It's important that we take something out of every game," he told reporters.

"On our travels we haven't been great in that regard so to get another away point is important.

"It's only early days, we're playing in a slightly different way, obviously, not involving the elements of play that have been successful for Stoke in the past.

"We will still use those threats but I think you can see in general play we're trying to play a little differently."

Crouch agreed with his manager's sentiments and expects Stoke, who defeated Chelsea 3-2 last weekend, to continue to evolve under the Welshman.

"That win against Chelsea has given us a massive lift," the striker added to Sky Sports.

"A couple of defeats and you're down there [in a relegation fight] but a couple of wins and you're in the top 10, we think we've got the quality to get into that top 10.

"It's very different to the previous manager, we're looking to pass the ball about a bit more.

"In spells we've passed the ball around well but as the season goes on, I think we'll get stronger and score more points. Towards the end of the season we'll finish strong."