Date: 23rd July 2017 at 10:45pm
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Mame Diouf’s second goal in as many matches saw us to a one nil victory over Amiens at the weekend.

The Senegalese international found the net against AS Monaco last weekend, and he following up on Saturday with a second strike against Ligue 1 newcomers Amiens at the Stade de la Licorne.

Stoke City:

Butland, Johnson (Edwards 46), Shawcross (Muniesa 72), Cameron (Wollscheid 72), Pieters, Fletcher (Tymon 77), Allen (Imbula 77), Shaqiri (Verlinden 77), Bojan (Berahino 62), Ramadan (Adam 77), Diouf (Crouch 62).

Subs not used:

Haugaard.

Speaking to the Official Website in his post game press conference, a delighted Mark Hughes said there were a number of positives he could take from the game.

‘It was important to get further game time into the legs of the lads which we were able to do today. The pitch wasn`t great to be perfectly honest, it was slow and a little bit rutted too, as you could see, but fair play to the lads because they approached it in the right manner. Obviously, the game became a little bit fragmented as it wore on, but the first 45 minutes was a really good test for us. They played counter-attack against us which is something we haven`t encountered in pre-season up to this point, so that was a good exercise for us. All in all, it was a good opportunity to build the fitness up, and now we can look forward to games which will undoubtedly be played at a higher tempo.’

With Diouf netting his second goal, Hughes also felt it would do his confidence the world of good ahead of the coming campaign.

‘It was good for Mame, he will benefit from scoring goals, just like any striker would do. Goals breed confidence so he will be in a good place at the moment, but so will the other lads, because whilst pre-season isn`t really about results, it can`t do any harm developing a winning mentality. Results have been pretty good up until now, so we will hope that continues right the way up until the start of the season and, of course, beyond.’

Xherdan Shaqiri was also speaking following the game and whilst he knew there was plenty of work still do to, he felt we were making good progress and eyes would now slowly twist towards the Premier League kick off.

‘We are looking forward to the game, the start of the new season, of course, but we still have work to do before then. We are in a good position at the moment, we have been doing a lot of intensive work which I think is helping us, and we have picked up some nice results. Pre-season is about improving many things and I feel we are doing that so we are looking forward now, and making sure we are in the best possible shape for the first game in a few weeks.’

The 25 year old also spoke about his short summer break as he feels like he’s returned to training still pretty much in peak condition.

‘I had a very short holiday, so I am still sharp and feel really good. I think you can see on the pitch that I am feeling good and I am just looking forward to the next games now.’

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