Mark Hughes confident Queens Park Rangers can avoid the drop
Mark Hughes insists Queens Park Rangers' tough run of fixtures will help focus the Loftus Road outfit in their relegation battle
Mark Hughes insists he is confident Queens Park Rangers can avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.
The 48-year-old replaced Neil Warnock as QPR boss in January but has endured a tough start to his reign at Loftus Road, with his new side having won just one of their seven league games since he took charge.
But Hughes is remaining positive and is backing his squad to turn around their abysmal form.
“We’re in a difficult situation in terms of where we are in the league and we have to turn that around,” Hughes said.
“I have every confidence in the quality of players that I have in the club now that we can do that. I have no doubt about that.”
The former Fulham boss admitted his disappointment at squandering the chance to claim points against fellow relegation candidates, including Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers, ahead of a testing series of fixtures.
Hughes’ side face difficult trips to Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United – and welcome Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to Loftus Road before the end of the season.
“We’ve come through a period where we have probably disappointed ourselves in terms of points we have been able to accumulate given the opposition,” he said.
“But possibly the fact we are going up against more-accomplished teams may help us in terms of focus.
“We are at the point of the season where we have to get points on the board. We only have 12 games to go. Each and every one of them is going to be crucial to us so it is irrelevant really who we are up against.
“We have to get points on the board so we have to make sure we’re up to the task.”
Hughes added: “What we need to do to help ourselves is make sure we keep 11 players on the pitch. That does help you win Premier League games.
“We’ll address that and we’re looking forward to the end of the season. It is going to be really, really exciting times.
“It will be up and down, I’m sure there will be twists and turns, but we’re of the view that we’re good enough to stay up this year.”