Mark Hughes admits Queens Park Rangers face a huge task staying up
Mark Hughes is urging Queens Park Rangers to improve their discipline ahead of a crucial run of games, starting with Everton
Mark Hughes admits Queens Park Rangers face a huge challenge to stay in the Premier League ahead of their vital clash against Everton at Loftus Road on Saturday.
The 48-year-old’s side have lost five of their last six home games, leaving QPR in 17th place and only ahead of Blackburn Rovers on goal difference.
“It’s a challenge for everybody here,” Hughes told a news conference on Friday. “This Premier League game is huge.
“Obviously from our point of view and where we are in the league at the moment, we need start getting points on the board.
“We’re frustrated ourselves in terms of what points we’ve acquired from games.”
The London outfit will be without suspended duo Djibril Cisse and Samba Diakite for the game against the Toffees – and Hughes emphasised the importance of good discipline during vital games as the season reaches its conclusion.
“We haven’t helped ourselves because of our inability to keep 11 players on the field and that’s hurt us in too many games,” Hughes added.
“In our last two home games we have gone down to 10 men. It’s very difficult to overcome those setbacks at Premier League level. We need to keep 11 on the field of play and that will help us significantly.”
Everton are unbeaten in their last five games and the Merseyside club make the trip to London in good form.
And Hughes, who quit as Fulham manager last summer, heaped praise on David Moyes’ side and admitted his desire to transform QPR into a club of the Toffees’ stature.
“They are a very well established Premier League club,” Hughes added. “They are well managed and have an understanding of what it takes to win Premier League games.
“They build correctly and at the right rate in terms of renewing the squad and giving it fresh impetus.
“They have continuity and they have a real understanding of what they’re trying to do in each and every game they play.
“It’s possibly something we haven’t got but in the future we’ll strive to be a really consistent Premier League team like Everton are, and in any season you can really overachieve and go places.”