QPR 1 Southampton 3: I intend to see it through here, says Mark Hughes
QPR 1 Southampton 3: Mark Hughes says he can understand why everyone connected with the Hoops is frustrated by predicament
Mark Hughes insisted he intends to “see it through” at Queens Park Rangers, despite watching his side slump to defeat by relegation rivals Southampton at Loftus Road.
The Saints took a first-half lead through prolific Ricky Lambert, with the striker heading past Hoops keeper Júlio Cesar, before Jason Puncheon extended their advantage in the 43rd minute.
Junior Hoilett did offer QPR brief hope with a goal early in the second half but the Hoops were poor throughout the game, dubbed ‘El Sackico’, and a miserable display was compounded by Anton Ferdinand’s late own goal.
“The club needs stability. Maybe this is a watershed moment as we can’t get much lower. It’s my intention to see it through,” said Hughes, whose side are rooted to the bottom of the table.
“I knew this job was going to be problematic. I was quite prepared to raise expectations as I thought we’d have a good season.”
He added: “I can imagine there are a lot of frustrated people connected with QPR right now and I can understand that.
“But it’s not a case of hiding. You have to front up, puff your chest out, get to the bones of it and change things around. We’ll do that very quickly.”
Hughes was also puzzled by QPR’s disappointing display, with the 49-year-old insisting his players have done well in training all week.
“That is the enigma really as last week we really perform well, we got on the ball and passed it well and showed good intensity and competed well, and on another day we could have won,” he added.
“Today, we were nowhere near that. Whether or not it was the significance of the game, maybe that leant itself to apprehension, I have no idea until we go through it as a group.
“From my point of view as a staff, we didn’t see that performance coming as last week we did fine.
“We needed a big performance today, and did not get one.”