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Stoke boss Hughes looking forward to home debut

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is looking forward to today's clash with Crystal Palace.

Hughes is relishing his home debut as Stoke boss, even after being on the wrong end of the Britannia faithful on previous visits.

"You expect that as an opposition manager... the key is not to get dog's abuse when you are at home!

"I have always tried to raise expectation," he affirmed. "The feeling is we are trying to change a number of things, and if we can get to where we want to be everybody will be excited by it.

"We got exceptional support last week and that shows people are excited by what we are trying to do. But the only way we sustain that is by winning football matches."

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