Hughes confident QPR can retain Premier League status

Mark Hughes insists he is not overly concerned at his side sitting bottom of the Premier League after six games, with the BBC reporting that the Queens Park Rangers boss believes the club’s owner, Tony Fernandes, will give him time to climb the table.

Hughes watched on as QPR fell to defeat by London rivals West Ham United on Monday evening, goals from Matt Jarvis and Ricardo Vaz Te putting Sam Allardyce’s side in front before half-time. A spectacular strike from Adel Taarabt halved the deficit after the break but a red card for substitute Samba Diakite killed off the R’s comeback.

QPR have yet to win a league game this season, picking up only two points, and have conceded 13 goals in their six league games. Hughes however believes QPR are suffering because of the quality of opposition they have faced thus far, but admitted his side must play better in future as well.

Hughes said: “We are not adrift. We have had a difficult run but we have played some quality sides. Those things are going against us at the moment. We need to do better leading up to goals. We need to stop crosses at source, get up against people better and stop things happening before they do. That has to improve.

We have had a big investment and we’re looking to improve this year and we will. It is very, very early days but until we get positive results on the board then obviously everything is up for debate and a focus begins to come on the club as a whole. We just need to start winning football matches. If we do that, it goes away.

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