Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says they're happy with the progress of the team under manager Mark Hughes.

Stoke were thumped at Everton on Saturday.

"It's been a transitional period, as it always is with a new manager, but we've been impressed with Mark," said Coates. "If we were to win [against Cardiff] we'd be about where we expect to be. People will always start asking questions after you've lost 4-0 but we were unfortunate to lose by that score."

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