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Thursday 17 April 2014

Hughes' worries deepen

WEST BROM 3 QPR 2

Mark Hughes insists he is still the right man to lead QPR after a fifth defeat in seven games left them anchored at the bottom of the Premier League. Rangers went down at West Brom yesterday and have collected only two points out of a possible 21.

James Morrison, Zoltan Gera and Youssouf Mulumbu netted for the Baggies, with Adel Taarabt and Esteban Granero on target for QPR, who trailed 2-0 and 3-1.

But Hughes is convinced QPR will revive their fortunes once they stop conceding sloppy goals early in games and see their injury list shorten. "Am I still the right man? Oh yes, absolutely," Hughes said. "We knew where we might possibly be at the beginning of the season because of the changes we've made.

"We've got to give ourselves the chance to win games. It is disappointing because once again we have given ourselves too much to do. That's the second game running we've conceded two poor goals defensively from our point of view in that initial period.

"You can't afford to do that in the Premier League because you give yourself a mountain to climb."

Albion are fourth in the table after collecting 14 points from their opening seven games. New manager Steve Clarke is unsurprised by the start but refusing to get carried away.

"I'm not over-surprised," he said. "I'm delighted and obviously 14 points is a great return from the first seven games. I knew we would be competitive in all the games we played.

"We don't get carried away with ourselves because we know what our primary objective is and we're firmly focused on that at the moment -- it's to ensure another season in the Premier League. That's got to be the bottom line for the majority of clubs in the league."

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