Hughes backs Bony to score against Swans

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is hopeful that striker Wilfried Bony will end his goal drought against his former team on Monday.

Bony, as well as Joe Allen, is set to face his former employers Swansea City, and Hughes believes it's as good a time as any for the striker to get his name on the scoresheet.

The 27-year-old joined Stoke on loan from Manchester City, but has failed to score in seven games this season.

Hughes said: "There's plenty of examples in the past where former players have come back and haunted their former clubs, so we hope that's going to happen again.

"They're both playing well at the moment. Joe obviously is getting the headlines because of his goal exploits. He's playing exceptionally well and we're really pleased with what he's doing.

"Wilf is playing well enough as well. We're hopeful that he's going to get off the mark. We feel he's close to that. His work's good, his link-up play is good, he just needs to get on the end of something in the box.

"Once he does that he could well be a little bit like myself. I was quite a streaky striker, I'd go on little runs where I'd score four or five and then not score for five or six and then get back on track again."

"He's a powerful guy. He's very difficult to get the ball off," the Potters boss added. "You can see that he's a little bit frustrated at the moment because he feels he should be bringing goals to the team, but we appreciate the work he's putting in."