QPR boss Mark Hughes: Loftus Road has become our fortress

QPR boss Mark Hughes believes his side's home ground is an intimidating arena for visiting teams

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Mark Hughes replaced Neil Warnock at Queens Park Rangers manager in January The Sport Review

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Mark Hughes believes Queens Park Rangers have turned Loftus Road into an intimidating fortress after his side sealed a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

QPR extended their home run to four successive victories after Adel Taarabt netted a first-half winner for the relegation battlers against top-four hopefuls Spurs in an enthralling London derby.

Six of the Hoops’ nine victories this season have come at Loftus Road, and notable scalps include Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

“Dimension wise, old Premier League grounds are very similar,” said Hughes. “There is very little in any of it. The new stadiums just gives a feeling of expanse.

“From our point of view, it’s a definite advantage for us playing at Loftus Road – that’s a given.

“The crowd are so close to the players and they drive us on and we feed off that. So that’s why our performances at home have been so exceptional in recent weeks.”

But while QPR have excelled at Loftus Road, their away form has been disastrous – Hughes’ side last claimed a point in a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa on 2 February, and they have not won away since November.

“It’s different away from home,” added Hughes. “Obviously at Loftus Road it’s a very tight ground and the construction of it really emphasises that.

“So maybe when we go to grounds that are a little bit bigger, the open spaces give the feeling that there are bigger distances to cover, when in actual fact, the actual demand is very similar.

“We need to get over that and be a little bit more dynamic away from home.

“Last week [at West Brom] we did OK, but when you get opportunities you need to take them. Unfortunately we were unable to do that.”

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