Mark Hughes: 'The Britannia Stadium can be a fortress'

Stoke boss Mark Hughes urges his troops to make the Britannia Stadium a "fortress again" following two home defeats so far this season.

Mark Hughes has challenged his Stoke City team to make the Britannia Stadium a "fortress again" after losing both of their home games this season.

The Potters went down 1-0 to both Aston Villa and Leicester City as Stoke are yet to win a point on home soil.

City won 34 of their 45 points at the Britannia under Tony Pulis in the 2008-09 campaign, and Hughes wants his troops to replicate that form for the remainder of this season.

"We have not got a point on home soil at the moment but we have another chance to put that right on Monday," he told reporters.

"The match against Aston Villa was a poor performance but we improved greatly against Leicester and I was more happy with the level of form that we showed in that match.

"Our away form has been very good recently - towards the end of last season and into this one. We are all working hard in training and looking to make the Britannia a fortress again."

Stoke host Newcastle United on Monday night.

Marc Muniesa of Stoke City (R) celebrates after scoring their first goal during the Capital One Cup Third Round match against Sunderland on September 23, 2014
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