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Ireland: Stoke keep on getting better

Stoke will achieve their best-ever Barclays Premier League finish if they remain in 10th place for the rest of the season - but midfielder Stephen Ireland has stressed the Potters are in no mood to settle for their current position.

We have to keep chasing ninth - that's all we can do and it's what we want to do.

We don't want to settle for 10th, because we don't want to get complacent. We want to keep going and going.

You never know - there could be something riding on the last game of the season for us at West Brom, which is what we are hoping.

We don't want to go there and just have a friendly game. We want to go and hopefully be in a position to secure ninth.

– Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland

Hughes could make Stoke changes

Stoke boss Mark Hughes admits he is weighing up whether to change a winning side ahead of Saturday's visit of Hull.

Hughes has midfielders Stephen Ireland and Charlie Adam available again but bringing them into the side would mean changing a line-up that triumphed 4-1 at Aston Villa.

"Charlie and Stephen have trained really well over the past week or so, so they do come into my thinking, but the lads who have been in the side over the past week or two have performed exceptionally well.

It's a difficult one for me given the options that are available, although that is a nice problem to face to be perfectly honest with you.

– Stoke manager Mark Hughes


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