Mark Hughes: Stoke are prepared for Tim Sherwood's Villa impact
Aston Villa will benefit from the "new-manager bounce" brought by Tim Sherwood's first match in charge, says Stoke manager Mark Hughes.
Stoke have suffered consecutive 4-1 defeats and Hughes wants to see a reaction from his own players at Villa Park on Saturday.
Sherwood replaced sacked Paul Lambert at the Villa helm last week.
Here is the best of Hughes's news conference:
On Tim Sherwood
The new Aston Villa manager was in the stands for his side's fifth-round FA Cup win at home to Leicester City last weekend and takes the reins for his first match on Saturday.
"Villa have a new manager so inevitably there will be a new-manager bounce," said Hughes.
"It's a case of players wanting to impress. There's a little edge and an increase in work-rate and focus.
"Tim Sherwood comes across as a very positive guy and he will have been working on their positive thinking... but we've been doing ok."
On Stoke's FA Cup defeat at Blackburn
Despite struggling with a lengthy injury list, Hughes refused to use that as an excuse for his side's disappointing display at Gary Bowyer's Championship side in the FA Cup last weekend.
"On occasions you carry one or two players - that is expected - but when you have to carry more than that, as was the case last weekend, then these results can happen," he said.
"We analysed what went wrong in depth, and will look to move on from it now. We have drawn a line under it."
On his lengthy injury list
The Stoke manager is hopeful that at least four of the five players that were missing for his side's last two games will return on Saturday, but says he is looking for a response from those who played in those defeats against Blackburn and City.
"Ryan (Shawcross) isn't available, but we are hoping we may get Marc Wilson back, who trained yesterday. The same with Jon Walters and Stephen Ireland too," he said.
"Erik Pieters is close too, so we are hopeful he will be available."
And he added: "We have been hampered and we have had to change things around.
On last season's victory at Villa
Peter Crouch was among the scorers as Stoke came from behind to win 4-1 at Villa Park last season - their biggest victory of the campaign. Hughes is hopeful that will still be vivid in the memories of his players.
"We took the game away from them in a convincing manner," said the 51-year-old manager.
"We were superb on the day, especially having fallen behind to an early goal.
"Obviously that will serve us well going into the fixture, but it is a different game this time round."