Football - Hughes wants Goodison revenge

Stoke boss Mark Hughes wants his side to right the wrongs of Goodison Park when Everton visit the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday.

It is only a month since the Potters were hammered 4-0 by fourth-placed Everton in a one-sided clash on Merseyside.

Hughes said: "They're doing very well and we've had recent experience of the quality that they're showing.

"Obviously we were well beaten at Goodison, 4-0, and it could have been more if we're honest. We've got a quick opportunity to turn that round.

"It was very difficult for us, Everton on the day were very good and deserved to win comprehensively, but this is our home game and our home form's good so we want to put in a better showing than we did at Goodison.

"We're enjoying playing at home at the moment, we're getting great support and we want to carry on our good run at the Britannia."

The defeat at Goodison actually came in the middle of a decent run for Stoke, their only loss in seven league games that included a victory over Chelsea.

Their last home outing brought a win against Aston Villa, and Hughes' team have only lost one Premier League match at the Britannia all season.

They will be relieved to get back home after back-to-back away fixtures that could barely have gone any worse.

Stoke lost 5-1 against Newcastle and then 3-0 at Tottenham, with the club unhappy at refereeing decisions in both games.

Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson were both sent off in the first half at St James' Park while Hughes was charged by the Football Association with improper conduct after kicking a ball in frustration at the former's dismissal.

Midfielder Whelan and defender Wilson served their bans at White Hart Lane so will be available again for Everton, meaning Geoff Cameron can revert to full-back.

Hughes said: "That will help us. I think that certainly had an impact at Tottenham so we'll welcome back the likes of Glenn and Marc."

Cameron's stand-in Andy Wilkinson misses out with a heel injury, though, and joins fellow defender Robert Huth (knee) and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (broken finger) on the sidelines.

Hughes is keen for Stoke to put the past two games behind them.

He said: "Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition. Certainly against Tottenham, they were the better side on the day.

"We had once again a number of decisions that we felt could have gone our way early in the game, which may have changed the game somewhat in our favour, but we didn't get them and Tottenham took the game away from us.

"The Newcastle game was a different case in point because we played really well up until the point when Glenn Whelan got sent off.

"In terms of confidence, we're not dented in any way, we're still very positive, we've just got to put those two games and the circumstances behind us and concentrate on Everton."

Hughes took over from Tony Pulis in the summer and set about changing Stoke's style to be less direct.

After the first half of the season, the Potters sit 12th in the table, five points above the relegation zone.

Hughes said: "I think it's as much as we thought it would be. I said at the start of the season I thought there'd be occasions when unfortunately we would disappoint ourselves because it's a little bit of a season of transition.

"But on other occasions we've been delighted with what we've produced. More often than not I've been really pleased with what we've done.

"No doubt from now until the end of the year there'll be ups and downs but I think the second half of the season will be good for us because I think we'll become stronger as a team. We've got the benefit of the work we've done in the initial part of this season."

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