Opposition View: Stoke City

By SFC Media Sat 20 May Saints vs Stoke
Photo by Reuters | Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes has urged his Stoke City men to finish the season on a high with a victory at St Mary’s.

The Potters currently sit 14th in the Premier League table, but could end the campaign three places higher should they win on Sunday.

“It just shows the fine margins of the season that they are just four points ahead of us, but sit in eighth position,” Hughes explained.

“It’s been a very tight and congested season for a lot of us, and to be perfectly honest I don’t feel there is a great difference between the majority of us.

“Southampton have good players, just as we do, so hopefully it will be an entertaining game, but one that we can come out of with maximum spoils.”

It’s been a frustrating season for the Potters, as they are set to finish in the bottom half for the first time since 2012/13.

And whilst the year has not gone to plan, Hughes is keen to ensure his men finish on a positive note.

“Unfortunately, we’re not going to hit our pre-season targets now, but there is still the chance to move up the table two or three spots,” he continued.

“Obviously, we would like to do that, but we know we are going to have to win our game if we are to have any chance of doing that.

“It’s been a frustrating season for us, but there is one final opportunity to get points on the board, and if we can do that then it will undoubtedly give us a better summer.”

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