QPR manager Mark Hughes hails ‘excellent’ Adel Taarabt

QPR manager Mark Hughes heaps praise on Adel Taarabt after the Moroccan scored in successive Premier League games

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Mark Hughes' side are without a win in the Premier League Photo: The Sport Review

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Mark Hughes has heaped praise on Queens Park Rangers’ Adel Taarabt after the midfielder sparkled in the Hoops’ 3-2 defeat at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The 23-year-old was one of the few performers for QPR as Hughes’ side struggled to match high-flying West Bromwich Albion, falling 2-0 behind at half-time.

Taarabt, who scored a long-range strike in a 2-1 loss to West Ham United a week ago, produced a sharp turn and volley to give the visitors some hope of an unlikely fightback.

Hughes dropped the former Tottenham playmaker following a 5-0 loss to Swansea City on the opening day of the Premier League season, but the Welshman has been impressed by the Moroccan’s recent form since returning to first-team action.

“I thought Adel was excellent for us,” Hughes told QPR’s website.

“He came back against West Ham and performed really well from the bench, so he fully-merited his place in the starting line-up on Saturday.

“He was one of the few bright sparks for us, along with Ryan Nelsen who I thought was absolutely outstanding.

“We need everybody to put in performances which will allow us to get results. At the moment we haven’t got that platform to build upon.”

Hughes revealed QPR will use the international break to “re-emphasise” the fundamentals in training and eradicate the mistakes which have hampered the Hoops’ start to the campaign.

“We haven’t got many players away during this break so we will make sure that we put the work in on the training pitch and re-emphasise the fundamentals which we have been talking about for the last few weeks,” he added.

“We have to make sure that nobody is in any doubt about exactly what is required from them.

“We are not happy with the situation we find ourselves in because we believe we are a better side than that.”

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