Hughes urges his pace invaders to rock Cats again

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MARK Hughes was delighted with the way his Stoke City side’s pace gave Sunderland problems in the recent Capital One Cup clash.

Now he wants a repeat showing when the Potters return to the Stadium of Light on Premier League duty tomorrow.

The 2-1 cup victory was Hughes’s fifth triumph as a manager at Sunderland, and he said: “Hopefully we can use the confidence from last week to make sure we are in good shape for the league game.

“It can be approached in different ways, but I thought we caused them problems and we can do it again.”

Stoke only broke their home duck on Monday night, but they have impressed on their travels this term, notably scoring a 1-0 victory at champions Manchester City.

Hughes added: “We haven’t put games to bed. Our play is good and we are creating chances.

“We’re not drifting through games, we just need to start converting chances. Then we can very quickly take games away from teams.

“On Monday (against Newcastle), key decisions like the penalty could have seen us have a very comfortable evening.

“If we weren’t creating chances we might be worried, but that’s not the case.

Marko Arnautovic is set to replace injured Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf for Stoke tomorrow.

“It’s not as serious as we thought it might have been,” Hughes said. “But he isn’t going to be available to us (to face Sunderland), and he will also miss the international fixtures too.

“We are hoping he won’t have to travel next week (with Senegal) unless they feel the need to call him in.

“He’s got a bit of damage in his hamstring.

“We are happy with the scans we have seen though. When he initially pulled up sharply during the game (against Newcastle on Monday), we feared that he could be out for a prolonged period of time.

“We took him off almost immediately, which was the right thing to do, and thankfully the scans have shown that it is an injury, but one that we don’t anticipate keeping him out for too long.”

Diouf could be available for Stoke’s next fixture against Swansea on October 19.