Mark Hughes is delighted with the way the players have responded to his approach.

The Fulham boss is encouraged by what he has seen so far but wants to make the breakthrough, even if it comes in the Carling Cup.

"I've come into a new club and am trying new things and not dismantling what was there but adding a more positive slant, certainly away from home," he said.

"It's been a good start in those terms and we will look to keep that going against Stoke, who are always very strong at home."