Hughes: My Stoke team must start performing better in this area

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has called for his team to start taking their chances more often in matches.

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has called for his side to show a greater ruthless edge when they take on Sunderland at the weekend.

The Potters have made a solid, if not spectacular, start to the Premier League season, but Hughes has urged his players to show an up-turn in form in-front of goal.

The Welsh manager insists that once they start showing better goalscoring form they can start picking up more convincing wins.

“We haven’t put games to bed," the Sunderland Echo quotes Hughes saying. "Our play is good and we are creating chances.

“We’re not drifting through games, we just need to start converting chances. Then we can very quickly take games away from teams.

“On Monday (against Newcastle), key decisions like the penalty could have seen us have a very comfortable evening.

“If we weren’t creating chances we might be worried, but that’s not the case."

Despite Hughes' cautious approach his side have still managed to earn plaudits for their performances so far and their win against Newcastle United did lift them up to 11th in the table. 

Stoke have raised expectations after an excellent campaign last time around and the signs are they may be able to go one better this time.

Although Hughes wants to see greater threat in-front of goal, the likes of Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf have given them an added dimension going forward, whilst Peter Crouch seems to be in his best form for years.

The side have showed their class by beating Manchester City on their travels last month and they will be aiming for their second away success on Saturday.

Sunderland are still looking for their first win of the season and Stoke have already won at the Stadium of Light in League Cup, so they will travel to the North-East full of confidence and, if they can find that finishing touch that Hughes wants, they are likely to be in the top half of the table by the end of the weekend. 

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