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Shawcross suggests Stoke players copped it from Hughes

Ryan Shawcross has revealed that Mark Hughes has not at all been pleased with Stoke City's performances during the first few weeks of the Premier League season.

The Potters have been very poor so far this campaign and were humiliated 4-1 by Crystal Palace in their most recent fixture on the weekend.

Captain Shawcross has gone on to reveal that manager Hughes was not the happiest man in the world following Stoke's defeat to Palace and has stated that the Welshman is demanding improvements from his side who have now conceded four goals on three occasions already.

"He was very angry," Shawcross, said.

"It was not a nice dressing room to be in when you've let in four and he has told us in no uncertain terms that it is not on. When you lost in the manner we did, you can't say anything back. It's been like that since the start of the season.

"It's difficult to understand why we are losing and confidence throughout the team is not great. We need to have a long, hard look at ourselves and come out fighting. It's the same team that got ninth last year and the two years before that.

"The losses affect your life at home and you are desperate for a win. We have got to stick together and, hopefully, come through it. We have to work hard get a bit of luck and keep some clean sheets.

"We'll get some more stick after the loss to Palace, which we deserve, but at the end of the season I'm certain we will be a lot higher than we are now. You have difficult periods and you come through it. Let's get some wins on the board, aim for the magic 40 points and go from there.

"The Premier League is all about small margins and we have to remind ourselves that football has a strange way of changing just like that. You can soon go out and win five in a row, too."

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