Queens Park Rangers vs. West Ham United  1 - 2

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Hughes stays positive as QPR slump

2 October 2012 14:02

Mark Hughes has vowed to keep Queens Park Rangers above the English Premier League relegation zone despite their slow start to the season.

QPR, who narrowly preserved their elite status last campaign, remain winless and rooted to the bottom of the table after six matches.

Hughes invested heavily in the squad after taking over as manager in January before welcoming 12 new faces in the recent transfer window.

But following Monday's 2-1 loss at home to West Ham United, Hughes admits the performances have been unacceptable.

"We've had a big investment in the club and we're looking to improve this year. And we will," Hughes said.

"It's very, very early days. But until we get positive results on the board, then obviously everything is up for debate and the focus starts to come on the club as a whole.

"We just need to start winning football matches. If we do that, then it goes away."

QPR's hopes of victory at Loftus Road were dented when Samba Diakite was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 75th minute.

"Two similar challenges, I wouldn't say they were reckless," Hughes said.

"The first one was a genuine attempt to get the ball. The lad's just nicked it away from him. It doesn't warrant a yellow card in my view. Some referees give them, some don't.

"I think the second challenge, his eyes were solely on the ball and he was just looking to intercept it.

"It was harsh so maybe the fact that he's been in that situation before, referees are remembering that because he doesn't seem to be getting any leeway, unfortunately."

QPR's search for their first win of the season takes them to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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Nelsen: West Ham fixture season-defining

30 September 2012 06:01

QPR defender Ryan Nelsen said a victory in Monday evening's clash with West Ham could kick-start the west London outfit's season.

Mark Hughes' men have failed to pick up a Premier League win so far this campaign despite a complete overhaul at the club in pre-season which saw 11 new players arrive at Loftus Road.

Yet Nelsen is confident an improvement in form is just around a corner, starting with the visit of Sam Allardyce's men.

"With the characters we have in the dressing room," he told the Daily Mail.

"It is only a matter of time (before a victory) and when one happens it will be like a monsoon after that.

"We are giving everything, the management are giving everything and the players are giving everything. We just need that win to get the monkey off the back."

Nelsen moved across London from rivals Tottenham in the off-season on a free transfer to QPR, and the 34-year-old has given his backing to manager Hughes' style of play, despite the Hoops' difficult start to the season.

"The manager has a way he wants to play and it's been proven for many years that it's a very successful one," he said.

"It just takes time for players to come in to it and kind of get into the mould of how he wants us to play. That's life.

"Nothing comes easy. You just have to keep going and do the right things as we have been doing. You are going to have your ups and downs in a season.

"Obviously the Reading game was a big disappointment but that happens. It's pretty ruthless in the cup competitions and the league."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25