Wilson wants improvement

  • Last Updated: August 23 2014, 13:37 BST

Stoke defender Marc Wilson has described last weekend's loss to Aston Villa as a "real kick in the stomach" that he and his team-mates are itching to bounce back from in Sunday's match at Hull.

Wilson: Setback on the opening day of the season
Wilson: Setback on the opening day of the season

The Potters went into the Villa contest, the opening game of their 2014-15 Barclays Premier League campaign, full of expectation after an impressive previous campaign and a pre-season that had seen them add six new players to their ranks.

There was a subsequent sense of anti-climax as Andreas Weimann's second-half goal sent Mark Hughes' men on their way to a 1-0 defeat, and Wilson says the disappointment of that encounter remains in the camp.

"It was a set-back for us, and we are all still hurting from the result," Wilson told Stoke City Player.

"We just weren't able to hit the levels we hit last season (which finished with Stoke in ninth, the club's record-high Premier League final position), both as a team and on a personal level, and that was frustrating.

"We had come through a good pre-season, added a number of new players to the squad and we were really expecting to start the season better than we did.

"For us to have produced the kind of performance that we did was a real kick in the stomach to be honest.

"It's a disappointment we are determined to bounce straight back from however, and we have a real chance of doing that against Hull this weekend.

"We know that we need to be better, and we know that we have to learn from the mistakes we made last weekend. We are itching to get those three points on the board."

Hull's last match was only on Thursday, when they were in Belgium playing Lokeren in a Europa League qualifying play-off first leg that they lost 1-0.

It was a much-changed Tigers side from that which had started their Premier League opener, a 1-0 win at QPR.

And while Wilson feels the European game could impact on Sunday's clash in terms of Hull's freshness, he is not taking that for granted.

"It can be difficult for teams because of the travelling and it can affect the body and mind," the Republic of Ireland international said.

"It is a lot to take, especially if it is something new to you.

"I think they only had two of their regular starters play in the game the other night, so that could help them I suppose.

"We played in the competition a few years ago and we found it difficult after each of our games in the Europa League. It isn't easy.

"Hull have a very good side, though. They have a good manager and good players, so I am sure they will be ready for the game on Sunday."