Boss targets strong finish

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is confident the Potters will finish the season strongly after picking up another 1-0 win against Newcastle.

Stoke: Boss targets strong finishStoke: Boss targets strong finish

Stoke were the better team on the night but it looked as though they may have to settle for a share of the points until Xherdan Shaqiri fired home a stunning 25-yard strike 10 minutes from time.

Even then Steve McClaren’s men almost came away with a point when Seydou Doumbia saw a stoppage-time attempt turned away by Jack Butland, who had not been troubled up until that point.

While Newcastle fear spending next season in the Sky Bet Championship, Stoke supporters are dreaming of European football after Shaqiri’s strike lifted them up to seventh.

“We’re pleased with the three points – it’s three wins on the bounce, we’re in seventh and we’re doing okay,” Hughes said.

“In terms of wins we’re very similar in terms of what we’ve been able to achieve. There’s other clubs who have a hell of a lot more resources than us and we’re on a similar level at the moment.

“It’s important to get momentum at this time of the year and it seems like we are. We’ve got a difficult game at the weekend against Chelsea which will test us.

“With the games that we’ve got left, we’re confident that we will get a good total by the end of the year.”

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