QPR owner Tony Fernandes: Swansea drubbing a ‘body blow’

QPR owner Tony Fernandes admits losing 5-0 to Swansea was "a body blow" but backs Mark Hughes to turn the club around

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QPR owner Tony Fernandes took charge of the Hoops last summer Photo: Lotus

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Tony Fernandes admits Queens Park Rangers suffered a “body blow” after the Hoops succumbed to a demoralising 5-0 defeat by Swansea City in their Premier League opener.

The QPR owner has backed his manager Mark Hughes financially during the summer, with the Welshman strengthening his squad with eight new signings.

But the west London outfit were run ragged against the Swans as QPR’s new signings lacked cohesion.

“For all QPR fans we are working overtime,” Fernandes posted on his Twitter page. “Once we [have] analysed game we know what we have to do and again takes time. [It’s a] Body blow but [we’re] all fighters.

“And for all the negative and people who give up so fast life isn’t just like that.

“It’s about belief and fight. Nothing is easy. But boy I’m so excited just to be a part of it.”

Michael Laudrup’s side raced into an early lead courtesy of a clinical finish from Michu, and the Spaniard doubled the visitors’ advantage eight minutes after half-time.

Nathan Dyer scored a quick-fire brace shortly after, before Team GB star Scott Sinclair completed the rout with the Swans’ fifth to condemn QPR to their worst loss under Hughes at Loftus Road.

Fernandes, who became the majority shareholder at QPR on 18 August 2011, expressed his dismay at celebrating his first anniversary at the Hoops with such a heavy defeat.

“That was a pretty poor anniversary,” Fernandes wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

“Worse than last season [4-0 defeat by Bolton]. But I remain positive. We haven’t gelled yet. Have faith and be optimistic.

“Many, many positives. I feel we are in a much better place. Just takes time. At 2-0 we chased the game and lost shape. It’s about a season not one game.”

The 48-year-old entrepreneur also dismissed any suggestion that he was unhappy with Hughes and backed the former Manchester City manager to help QPR recover from their disappointing start.

“I have a fantastic relationship with Mark Hughes,” he added.

“He’s as disappointed as me. He will fix this. No one expected this. Better now than later.”

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