Hughes sees reasons to be positive

Fri, 10 Feb 14:54:32 2012

Manager Mark Hughes may still be getting used to his new QPR squad but he believes he has seen enough to suggest they have enough firepower to beat the drop this season.

The Welshman replaced Neil Warnock at the Loftus Road helm exactly a month ago and swiftly went about bringing in new faces such as Nedum Onuoha, Djibril Cisse and Bobby Zamora. The latter played under Hughes during his spell in charge at Fulham last season, where they overcame a poor start to finish eighth in the table.

While admitting circumstances are a lot different a year on with QPR, Hughes is confident his new side can also enjoy a strong end to the campaign.

"I am still getting a real understanding of what I have to work with," he said. "It's not been easy because coming in January is a bit different to my previous job, where I was there from the start of the season.

"I had longer to assess the squad and what happened at Fulham last year was we struggled with attacking players. Bobby Zamora was out for a long period, Mousa Dembele was unavailable and Andrew Johnson as well, so that had an effect on us. We had to wait for those guys back in the New Year and they made a big difference.

"I think in terms of what we can deduce in an attacking sense, I think we are definitely on par that. That's why I am confident that we can create chances and now we have guys than can covert them as well."


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