Hughes: We bounce back strongly

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is looking for a reaction from his players in their League Cup semi-final clash with Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on Tuesday.

The Potters were disappointed to be beaten 2-1 by West Brom at the weekend, and the Welshman has challenged his players to take out that anger against the Reds.

"We were frustrated by the result and by what we produced at the weekend," he said. "We went into the game in really good form but we just dipped below what we know we are capable of on the day, which disappointed us.

"We can't be too disappointed though, because looking at things in perspective those lads produced two superb performances in a matter of days against Manchester United and Everton and picked up six points.

"For us, I would suggest that this is a good time to be playing Liverpool at home because we are looking for a major reaction, and more often than not, on the back of disappointing performances, we bounce back strongly.

"We are the home team tomorrow and when everything clicks into gear, at home, we have shown that we can cause any team in the country big problems."

The semi-final is a two-legged encounter with the return match set to be played at Anfield on the 26th, with the winner going on to face either Manchester City or Everton in the final.

"The important thing for us is to make sure we are still well in the tie going into the second leg, and then see where it takes us," Hughes added. "We are very much enjoying the anticipation heading into the game."