Asked if club chiefs were offering the support Hughes wants, he said defensively: "Why wouldn't they?"
"Stoke have endured two away defeats and an uncomfortable experience at a railway station, when some supporters told the players exactly what they thought of them".
West Ham's recent results and performances have been encouraging, but they are still in danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season. Michail Antonio may move back to the wing in a game where the Hammers will hope to see more of the ball than they did against either Chelsea or Arsenal, with Javier Hernandez in line for a return to the starting XI. "I think it is really important that we try and get players who we think can make a difference and can give us people who can more or less go straight into the team".
"If you're averaging over two goals conceded per game, you're going to be in trouble, I don't care who you are".
"We've still got to climb the table, so we've got to win an terrible lot more games".
Stoke dropped their Wednesday fixture 1-0 to Burnley. If they play like that again, they should get something to show for it.
Stoke desperately need a victory to ease the pressure on Hughes, but West Ham will be buoyed by their recent improvements and should be good enough to pick up a point at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
If Mark Noble features, he will become the first player to make 300 Premier League appearances for West Ham. West Ham have the next worst record, having let in 32 goals.