Hughes demands strong finish from Stoke

The Potters head into the last day of the season on a winless run of six games, but Hughes is still expecting his side to finish on a high.

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes insists he wants his side to finish their season on a high by winning at home to West Ham United on Sunday. 

According to the Stoke Sentinel, Hughes will use his matchday programme notes to express his disappointment at the Potters' indifferent recent form, adding that improvements should be expected next term. 

Last Saturday's defeat at Crystal Palace stretched Stoke's winless run to six games, a run of form that Hughes admits is not good enough. 

He is expected to tell fans on Sunday: "The season shouldn't be defined by the last few games. 

"We're disappointed that we haven't been able to finish the season strongly, as we know we usually do, but there are reasons behind that. 

"Our challenge is to be a consistent Premier League team in the top half. That's what we've been able to do for the most part in the last three years."

Perhaps one of the first issues that will need to be addressed come the end of the season is the Welshman's own future, with Roberto Martinez's departure at Everton leaving Hughes heavily linked as one of the figures in the frame to take over the helm at Goodison Park.

Nevertheless the former Manchester City boss has seen his current side's commitment questioned over the last few weeks of the season, meaning he will be desperate for a positive result.

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