Stoke City v Rochdale tips – Hughes confident of victory for Potters

Mark Hughes expects his Stoke team to prove too strong for League One opponents

Stoke City v Rochdale tips – Hughes confident of victory for Potters

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January 26th, 2015

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Having seen Wrexham nearly beat Stoke in the previous round of the FA Cup, Mark Hughes will be looking for his team to produce a professional and clinical performance when they face Rochdale this evening.

Stoke are not the sort of team to be knowingly beaten by a lower-league side in cup competitions, with their style of play including an element of physicality which means they won’t be bullied off the ball by Dale.

“We are used to the weather in these parts and it won’t take us long to get back into it,” he said. “Hopefully, the surface will be OK. We know we’ve got to go there, face the conditions and get on with it. It won’t faze us. We will take the challenge on and make sure we get the job done.

“The training ground here is a little bit wet under foot at the moment and that obviously wasn’t the case away, so we got some good work done. We’ve had two days leading into the game so the structure of the week works for us. The break has done us good. We’ve just come through Christmas, which takes its toll on everybody. It’s key they are able to reboot for the challenges ahead.”

The Welshman is preparing for Rochdale in the same way he would a Premier League match and insists the FA Cup is important to his side. “Even against Wrexham in the last round we had something like 10 internationals on the field of play,” he said.

“It’s a trophy we have a good opportunity to win. But you need a bit of luck in terms of opposition, and in games, because sometimes it can hit somebody on the backside and you lose. Rochdale are doing well and are highly thought of, so it won’t be easy.”

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