x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Mark Hughes confident QPR will beat the drop from Premier League

The Queens Park Rangers manager acknowledges the team are running out of time to turn good displays into points.

Mark Hughes is upbeat on the chances of Queens Park Rangers avoiding relegation.
Mark Hughes is upbeat on the chances of Queens Park Rangers avoiding relegation.

Mark Hughes is confident Queens Park Rangers have enough quality to stave off relegation over their 12 remaining "crucial" matches.

The London side have only won only once in 14 Premier League games and languish 17th in the table, with only goal difference keeping them out of the relegation zone.

QPR welcome Everton to Loftus Road on Saturday off the back of a 1-0 defeat to west London rivals Fulham and Hughes, the manager, fully expects his side can pull through.

"We're in a difficult situation in terms of where we are in the league and we have to turn that around," the Welshman said.

"I have every confidence in the quality of players that I have in the club now that we can do that. I have no doubt about that.

"What we need to do to help ourselves is make sure we keep 11 on the pitch. That does help you win Premier League games.

"We'll address that and we're looking forward to the end of the season. It is going to be really, really exciting times.

"It will be up and down, I'm sure there will be twists and turns, but we're of the view that we're good enough to stay up this year.

"We've got a lot of quality in the club and, like I said, I have no doubt we can do it."

While confident of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship, Hughes has been disappointed at the number of points his side have managed to pick up since his arrival.

QPR face six of the top seven in their remaining 12 fixtures, but Hughes is not worrying about the opponents.

"We've come through a period where we have probably disappointed ourselves in terms of points we have been able to accumulate given the opposition," he said. "But possibly the fact we are going up against more-accomplished teams may help us in terms of focus.

"We are at the point of the season where we have to get points on the board. We only have 12 games to go.

"Each and every one of them is going to be crucial to us so it is irrelevant really who we are up against."