Next Match: at home to Aston Villa, December 21
Stoke manager Mark Hughes is hoping his side can quickly put their Capital One Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester United behind them as they prepare to play host to Aston Villa this weekend. Stoke lost 2-0 at home to United but Hughes knows they cannot afford to dwell on the result. He told his club's website: "We need to pick ourselves up. After the disappointment of this evening you have to very quickly focus on a big game for us in the Premier League." Hughes is also keeping his fingers crossed about the fitness of captain Ryan Shawcross, who limped out of the United game. Hughes said of the centre-back: "He's got an issue with his groin. Hopefully it's just one that will settle down quite quickly because we can't really afford to lose him at this stage. Obviously we're missing Robert Huth at this stage so to lose Ryan would be an obvious blow."