Newcastle Utd 1 QPR 0: Hughes encouraged by Rangers display

Mark Hughes was happy with his side's display, despite beginning his QPR career with a 1-0 defeat at St James' Park

Premier League, 15 January 2012, Sports Direct Arena
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Mark Hughes insisted he was pleased with Queens Park Rangers’ performance at Newcastle despite suffering a defeat in his first game in charge of the Londoners on Sunday.

Leon Best showed excellent footwork to manufacture time and space to curl a right-footed winner past QPR goalkeeper Paddy Kenny after 37 minutes.

But despite making a disappointing start to his QPR managerial career, Hughes believes his side will only improve as they become more accustomed to the Welsh boss’ tactics.

“I was pleased with their application, they gave me everything they had, obviously we’ve been done with a little bit of individual skill in our own box,” he said.

“In terms of our play I think we created a number of reasonable chances and on another day those will go in for us. It would have been ideal obviously if we could have got something out of the game because overall I felt we deserved something.

“It’s a hard place to come, we understand that, it was never going to be easy so that’s why I’m encouraged by what I saw today.”

“We haven’t had that much opportunity to work on our attacking play, it was more this week about making sure our shape was good and everybody knew what was expected of them and I think you could see that in our play.

“We were nice and solid, and everyone was working in relation to one another and that augurs well for the future and I think the longer we have the opportunity to work with the guys and given their application today, they’ll only improve.”

Hughes confirmed that QPR have made a bid for Blackburn Rovers defender Chris Samba but refused to comment on the progress of the potential deal.

“It’s common knowledge we’ve put in a bid for Chris Samba.” Hughes added. “We have a number of players we would like to bring to the club. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew praised his side’s performance as Best’s fourth league goal of the season helped the Magpies leapfrog Liverpool into sixth in the table.

“We were disciplined with the goal that we had and tried to look for another,” Pardew said. “And then in the last period of the game we were just seeing it out really, it was a nice disciplined performance from us.”

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