Shawcross has faith in Hughes

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Stoke City managed to gain just 16 points from their first 17 Premier League matches and it means their worst-ever start to the season – but Ryan Shawcross insisted that the whole team still believes in Mark Hughes.

The key defender of Stoke insisted that no one gave up on Hughes as he said that they just have to stick together and the results will come, according to Sky Sports: “That’s the game we’re in and the manager knows it. He knows we need results. If we stick together as we have done over the years then it helps a lot.”

He continued by adding that Hughes is a quality manager and he can turn it around: “We know he’s a quality manager, we believe in him. Unfortunately, we are going through a bad period at the moment but, as we’ve shown over the five years he’s been here, I think he’s been one of the most successful managers we’ve ever had as a club.”

The former Manchester United centre-back also insisted: “Obviously we got a bit of stick after the Spurs game, which was fully deserved. I thought we put on a half-decent performance in response to that and we were unlucky not to come away with a point at least. We’re really disappointed.”

In the end, Ryan Shawcross admitted that it will very difficult to bounce back for his side: “It’s the way it’s going at the moment. Unlike at Spurs, I thought we worked really hard and unfortunately it was just that little bit of quality didn’t get us a goal and then in the last minute they pinched the winner. We had dealt well with them all night, I don’t think Jack (Butland) had a real shot to save, but at the moment it’s not going for us. It will change. The lads are all gutted, the management team are all gutted. We just have to move on to the next game now and make sure we pick up a win.”