“It’s when things aren’t so good that you’ve got to show strength of character”
“I’ve been in that situation,” said Hughes, whose Stoke side host Villa this afternoon.
“It’s not nice when people question what you’re doing and question whether you’re up to the job.
“Deep down you know you’re doing your best and working as hard as possible to turn things around.
“Sometimes if you get a bit of momentum going in the opposite direction you can find yourself in a situation that you can’t turn around.
“It’s not an easy job, it’s okay when things are going well, it’s when things aren’t so good that you’ve got to show strength of character and get on with it.”