Plenty to cheer Mark Hughes as Stoke see off Hull 3-1

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City's outstanding productivity on home soil - collecting 16 points from a possible 18 in 2017 - has provided the platform to escape relegation but Silva wants the "next stage" of their revival to come at the Bet365 Stadium. Mark Hughes assured everyone there was no sense of panic after four straight defeats, though there must have been a degree of concern when Hull came back from a goal down and began looking for a victor in the second half.

Silva had been employing two central defenders in recent weeks but the reorganised trio of Michael Dawson, Harry Maguire and Andrea Ranocchia found life hard against two different Stoke tactics.

"We lost the big chance to take points".

Lazar Markovic had a good chance to level the scores for Hull City midway through the half, but his volley at the back post was well parried away by Lee Grant. Michael dawson was then beaten easily by Arnautovic, who while holding off Harry Maguire, thumped a shot into the net off the underside of the bar.

The visitors' momentum was checked, though, as Hughes' decision to send on Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters paid dividends when the latter set up the former England striker to make it 2-1 a quarter of an hour later.

Another customary strike from Shaqiri sealed the three points 10 minutes from time as the Swiss unleashed a 30-yard attempt that flew into the top corner of the net to leave Hughes gushing about his forward's ability.

Hull pushed for an equaliser as Oumar Niasse missed a couple of gilt-edged chances and the strugglers were made to pay when Shaqiri, who has only recently recovered from injury, sealed the points with a sensational 25-yard strike. By the time Shaqiri had seen a shot of his own blocked from an Erik Pieters cross, and Arnautovic had gone close again when he should really have hit the target from Glen Johnson's pass, Hull seemed in danger of being passed to death.

"People now are coming to Hull knowing it's going to be hard for them".

Hull: Jakupovic 6, Robertson 7, Maguire 7, Huddlestone 7, N'Diaye 6, Ranocchia 6, Clucas 6, Grosicki 6, Dawson 6, Niasse 5, Markovic 6.

Hull are now only one goal short from being recognised as the leakiest defence in the Premier League, conceding 67 from 33 games at an average of over two per match.

Apprehension is something Potters boss Mark Hughes hopes he will not have to deal with now they are 11 points clear of trouble. The second half we reacted, started strong, scored the goal.

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