Stoke manager Mark Hughes admits his love for the Premier League never wavered following sacking at QPR

Hughes returned to management with the Potters in the summer after Tony Pulis was sacked by owner Peter Coates

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is relishing life back in the Barclays Premier League and admits his love of the game never wavered during his spell on the sidelines.

Hughes took over from Tony Pulis at the start of the summer, handing him his first job since his difficult spell in front of the QPR dugout, which ended when he was dismissed a year ago with the club adrift at the foot of the table.

It has not been the easiest start to the season at the Britannia Stadium, and the Potters have not won in eight league games.

But the thrilling nature of their 3-3 draw at Swansea encapsulated what Hughes had been missing since leaving Loftus Road.

He said: "I enjoyed the drama. It was a great game for the neutral and there was a lot of emotion shown on both sides. That's what you want to see in games.

"As you are right in the thick of things, there are a number of situations you feel as a team and as a side we need to deal better with, but overall you never lose that love of football and what it entails and the emotions it can engender."

The former Wales, Fulham and Blackburn manager has sought to tweak the Potters' style of play after they were criticised in some quarters for their direct approach under Pulis.

Against Swansea a combination of the two approaches proved highly effective during the first half.

A long ball forward from Ryan Shawcross saw Peter Crouch flick on for Jon Walters to put the Potters ahead but, while that may have been viewed as a typical Stoke goal, the second involved a lovely exchange of passes for Stephen Ireland to score.

But they were guilty of trying to protect the lead after the break, and trailed 3-2 before Charlie Adam's controversial late penalty salvaged a point.

"We know this season there are going to be ups and downs and there will be times when we are elated and times when we are disappointed," he said.

"We probably had all those in the game at Swansea so at the end of the day we will look back on the game and think it was a good point to take given the circumstances.

"But we can make it a lot easier than we did in terms of getting Premier League points if we do correct things and just stop momentum when you see it's building. We have to be better in that respect."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory