Hughes buoyed by first Stoke win, but reiterates need for new players

The Welshman took his first three points as Potters boss, but highlighted his frustrations in not being able to bring in fresh faces as quickly as he wishes

Mark Hughes expressed his delight after collecting his first Premier League win as Stoke City manager, but the Welshman is adamant that his team require fresh faces in order to keep competing at the highest level.

Second-half goals from Charlie Adam and Ryan Shawcross were enough to secure the win after Marouane Chamakh’s first-half strike had put Crystal Palace 1-0 up.

Hughes believes his side’s ability to produce more fluent and effective football after the break than their opponents saw the Potters take all three points.

The former QPR boss told reporters: “At 1-0 down we needed to do something in the second-half, be more on the front-foot and ask more questions of Crystal Palace, and I think we did that.

“We were much more dynamic, we got up to the ball better and we were quicker in everything we did. At 2-1, with the crowd behind us, we saw the game out quite comfortably.”

However, the Potters manager insists he needs more players to add to his squad and admits he has had one of his most agonising summers so far regarding transfers.

He added: “We’re trying to get a few more bodies in, but it’s been quite frustrating [in this window], probably one of the most frustrating ones I’ve been through.

“But, we’re still in the mix for a number of players and hopefully we’ll get some positive news next week, but if we have to wait till the last minute, we have to wait till the last minute. We just need to stick at it.”

After it was suggested Hughes’ arrival at the Britannia Stadium was to change the team’s style of play, the 49-year-old said: “That wasn’t said to me in terms of playing style, it was felt that changes were required at other levels, but it was never suggested that I have to change the style of play.”