Mark Hughes dismisses claims of Stoke City complacency ahead of Premier League clash with Norwich City

Mark Hughes applauds the Stoke fans after their FA Cup win at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday. Picture:

Mark Hughes applauds the Stoke fans after their FA Cup win at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes insists his players are not guilty of underestimating the Premier League's so-called weaker sides.

The Potters have beaten Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United this season but lost to Sunderland, Watford and West Brom.

There have been various examples of that sort of mix of results for the club since Hughes took charge in the summer of 2013, but the former Manchester United player insists complacency is not an issue ahead of tonight's home game against Norwich City.

He said: 'I don't think it's through complacency or underestimating the challenge of different teams. We know every Premier League game gives you problems and you have to have the answers.

'In certain games we've been unlucky, other times we've not performed and you also have to give credit to the opposition.

'Teams have come here, frustrated us and at times got breaks to take games away from us.

'For the most part we've been okay, ideally we want to be solid in the top half for the rest of the season now, and this game will hopefully help us create that gap between us and the bottom half.'

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Hughes is set to recall a host of first-team regulars for the match after resting them last weekend.

The attacking quartet of Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic and Ibrahim Afellay sat out Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup win at Doncaster and are poised to return.

Geoff Cameron misses out through injury with either Marco van Ginkel or Charlie Adam likely to take his role as the midfield link man between Glenn Whelan and Ibrahim Afellay.

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