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Bowen: Stoke confident of arresting losing start

Stoke City assistant Mark Bowen is supremely confident in the team's ability to recover from a horror start to the new Premier League season.

The Potters sit at the foot of the table with just a draw from their first five matches, having lost four on the bounce, including Sunday's 4-1 result at Crystal Palace.

While it has been a disastrous beginning for Mark Hughes and his men, Bowen is of the belief that things will quickly turn around for the Staffordshire club, starting with the EFL Cup third round match at home against Hull City on Wednesday night.

"Everybody is frustrated and disappointed," Bowen said.

"Certainly, there is a realisation that things aren't going for us at the moment. We are making silly mistakes and being heavily punished for it.

"But there is a feeling of togetherness and we still know we are a decent side. In the last three years we have had three top-10 finishes, and many of the players are still the same.

"We know what we're about. We're definitely hurting, but the relationships in the dressing room - between players, and staff and players - are good.

"Everybody is together. We have to get ourselves out of this situation, and there's confidence we will."

Andrew Slevison
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