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Talent is one thing. Being able to cope with the pressures of talent is key. Everyone needs a spine to take the pressures of life. We need a spine in QPR. We need fighters not just talent.

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Don't lose faith. Every game we learn a bit more. Got 2 week break. Let's see. But I'm optimistic.
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Bizzare as it sounds I'm not down. I'm more optimistic than I have ever been. We will come good.

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Posted on: Sat 11 Feb 2012

Mark Hughes pinpointed a 'very poor' first-half showing from Rangers as the key factor behind their 3-2 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

Goals from Yakubu, Steven Nzonzi and Junior Hoilett put Steve Kean's men into a three-goal lead at the half-time break.

Substitute Jamie Mackie bagged a brace for QPR after coming from the bench in the second half - but the Hoops ultimately gave themselves too much to do following their lacklustre performance in the opening period

"We were very poor in the first half - the poorest we've been since I arrived at QPR," Hughes told www.qpr.co.uk.

"But it's understandable. We've not been through the door for any great length of time.

"The contrast between the first 45 minutes and the second was marked - but there shouldn't be a difference in performance of that size, in my opinion.

"The first half wasn't acceptable, but we'll take a little bit of comfort out of the second."

Hughes added: "I thought we completely dominated proceedings in the second half.

"You can't give any Premier League team a three-goal head-start and then try and get yourselves on level terms.

"Although, in fairness to us, we very nearly did that. That shows the players credit.

"But they have to understand that if you're going to win and take points in the Barclays Premier League, you can't be fundamentally flawed in the first 45 minutes.

"You have to be solid and have a base and a platform to win games. We didn't give ourselves that in the first half."



First-half display ‘unacceptable’ – Hughes

by Adam Borysiuk
Mark Hughes described QPR’s first-half display at Blackburn as “unacceptable” following his side’s 3-2 loss at Ewood Park.

Rangers were three down at half-time after a dismal defensive performance and Jamie Mackie’s second-half goals could not save them from a defeat against Hughes’ former club.

“You can’t give any Premier League team a three-goal start. The first half was unacceptable,” said R’s boss Hughes, whose team now have a two-week break before a derby at home to another of his former sides, Fulham.

“We were very poor in that first half. It was arguably the worst we’ve played since I came in,” he added

“We will take some comfort though from the second half, because I thought that we completely dominated it.”



Hughes - Defeat a learning curve
Boss unhappy with first-half show but takes positives from second
By Jamie Casey. Last Updated: February 11, 2012 7:00pm

Mark Hughes: Has his work cut out if he's to lead QPR to survival
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Mark Hughes deemed Queens Park Rangers' first-half performance against Blackburn "unacceptable" following a 3-2 defeat.

Rangers found themselves three goals down at half-time, but Hughes was pleased with the response his side produced in narrowly missing out on a heroic point.

The former Blackburn boss has written the defeat off as a learning curve, for both him and his new crop of players, who have been working together for just over a month.

"You can't give any Premier League team a three-goal headstart," he told Sky Sports.

"As it was, we very nearly got back on level terms but, unfortunately, we gave ourselves too much to do because of the standard of our performance in the first half.

"We didn't defend correctly for the full 45 minutes in that half. We gifted two goals and then committed the cardinal sin of conceding just before half-time as well."

Rovers steamed ahead through goals from Yakubu and Steven N'Zonzi, and Nedum Onuoha's own goal on the stroke of half-time appeared to have the hosts in cruise control.

QPR were much improved after the break, though, and striker Jamie Mackie inspired a comeback trail, scoring twice from the bench.

Hughes added: "In the second half, I asked for a response, and I got it. It's still early days, I'm still getting to know people, the players and how they react in certain circumstances.

"So it's a learning curve for me and certainly for them, they understand that that first half is unacceptable."

The Rs have won just once in their last 13 Premier League games and avoid the relegation zone only through a superior goal difference over Blackburn.

Hughes is in no doubt his side are firm relegation candidates, but insists he will get his side right before the difficult season run-in.

He said: "I think everybody is aware of the situation that we're in - we're very much in that mix at the wrong end of the table.

"We just need to learn very quickly what we need to do to start winning some Premier League games and certainly away games.

"Sometimes you learn from wins, sometimes you learn from defeats and we certainly have learned something today."



QPR boss: It's back to the drawing board
By Tim Street Feb 11 2012 Add a comment

MARK Hughes admits he still has a lot of work to do with his QPR side following their 3-2 defeat at Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.

Rs found themselves 3-0 down at the break before a late Jamie Mackie brace gave them a lifeline, but it was not enough.

And Hughes, who has been in charge for less than a month at Lotfus Road, will now go back to the drawing board in a bid to avoid an instant return to the Championship.

The Rs boss said: “It was a lesson for us, a bit of a wake-up call, and I am still getting to know what I have to work with here.

“I saw things today I did not realise were wrong, but we have now have a two week break, which gives me more time to work with the lads.

“We then have two home games in a row, so it will be a crucial time for us coming up, and it's important we get it right.”


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Blackburn's Yakubu Ayegbeni shines in defeat of Queens Park Rangers

Blackburn chose the visit of a revered guest to find an antidote to their Ewood Park vulnerability. While their capitulation against Arsenal seven days earlier exposed their defensive frailty, their charity this season began at home.

Before Mark Hughes's return, Rovers had lost nine of their 12 league fixtures on their own turf; a statistic in stark contrast to the Hughes blueprint for success during his successful four seasons in this east Lancashire enclave.

It took Hughes two seasons to lose that many matches on his own manor, and improvement will be crucial in Steve Kean's team's bid to beat the drop. Blackburn's first-half display – clinical and energetic – bore all the hallmarks of a Hughes side circa 2006. Unfortunately, in contrast, Queens Park Rangers' performance did not.

Their defence was breached three times in the opening 45 minutes and Blackburn led by three as a result. Yakubu Ayegbeni, returning after a three-game suspension, put them in front on the quarter-hour with his 13th Premier League goal of the season. Paul Robinson's raking long ball found its way into Yakubu's path from Steven Nzonzi's flick-on and a swivel of the hips left Anton Ferdinand in his wake, as the ball was transferred from left boot to right and beyond Paddy Kenny. "We've missed him and we're glad he's back," Kean said.

Midway through the half, French midfielder Nzonzi doubled the advantage. His surge from halfway created uncertainty in a retreating Rangers rearguard and, after feeding Junior Hoilett on the left, he loitered on the edge of the area to stroke in a delayed return pass.

However, against opponents that conceded seven at the Emirates in their last outing and without a clean sheet in any match for 10 months, QPR were always in the game and would have had a firmer foothold if Bobby Zamora's opportunistic hook over his own shoulder had gone the other side of an upright after Blackburn failed to clear a corner on the half-hour.

Confirmation that Zamora was to be defeated here for a second time this year – he was in the Fulham team who lost 3-1 to 10 men last month – was all-but delivered four minutes into first-half injury time when Yakubu headed Martin Olsson's free-kick across the box and Hoilett's drive from a diminishing angle struck Nedum Onuoha's ankles, looped over Kenny and went in off the underside of the bar.

"You can't give any Premier League team a three-goal head start," Hughes said. "The first 45 minutes were as poor as we've been since I've been in the door and arguably the poorest of any team I have been involved with, to be honest."

Things almost got worse seven minutes after the restart when Yakubu – a QPR target before the January window closed – cleared Kenny's leap but struck the underside of the crossbar with an audacious chip from 20 yards.

Djibril Cissé, one of the strikers they did manage to acquire, was serving a ban, so it was left to the QPR substitute Jamie Mackie, who broke his leg on his last visit to Ewood 13 months ago, to sharpen their attack. He turned in from inside the six-yard box to expose former Ranger Bradley Orr's 70th-minute defensive error, and then rifled in a beauty at the death to ensure that Blackburn were kept in the bottom three on goal difference.


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Substitute Jamie Mackie's late double was not enough to stave off defeat for QPR, who went down to a 3-2 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

The Scot came from the bench to notch a tap-in first on 71 minutes before adding another with a stunning strike in second-half stoppage time, but Mark Hughes' men probably left themselves with too much to do after falling three goals behind before the break.

Yakubu put Rovers into the lead on 15 minutes, before Steven Nzonzi doubled the home side's advantage eight minutes later.

Junior Hoilett added what proved to be a crucial third on the stroke of half-time.

Despite defeat, Rangers remain outside of the bottom three in the Barclays Premier League on goal difference.

Hughes made three changes to his R's side from last weekend's defeat at home to Wolves for the trip to Ewood Park.

Fitz Hall, Akos Buzsaky and Armand Traore replaced Luke Young (hamstring), Shaun Derry and Djibril Cisse (suspended) respectively.

Blackburn, meanwhile, handed a first start to Bradley Orr, who joined Rovers on deadline day of the January transfer window from QPR, while Yakubu returned to the starting XI for the hosts after serving a suspension.

Rangers set-up in a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Paddy Kenny in goal behind a back four of Nedum Onuoha, Hall, Anton Ferdinand and Taye Taiwo.

Shaun Wright-Phillips began from the right-hand side of midfield, with skipper Joey Barton and Buzsaky in the middle and Traore out wide on the left.

Adel Taarabt played just behind Bobby Zamora.

The opening stanza was understandably tight, with both sides failing to create any chances of note inside the first ten minutes.

The first real opportunity of the contest came on 15 minutes - and with it arrived the opening goal for Rovers.

A free-kick from deep was flicked on by the head of Nzonzi into the path of Yakubu, who took a touch to control the ball before lashing an effort into the bottom left-hand corner from the edge of the box.

Eight minutes later, Rovers left QPR stunned when they added a second goal.

Nzonzi - provider of the first - stole possession in midfield before finding Hoilett down the left.

Thereafter, the diminutive winger cut in to the box before finding Nzonzi on 16 yards, who powered an effort home past Kenny and into the top left-hand corner.

The R's created their first attempt just a minute later but that wasn't to trouble Rovers keeper Paul Robinson, as Taiwo blasted an effort high and wide of the target from distance.

Rangers' best chance of the half arrived just past the half-hour mark.

Barton's corner from the right caused all sorts of confusion in the Rovers box before the ball eventually fell to Zamora, whose backward hook with his left foot crept just inches wide.

QPR fashioned another chance on the stroke of half-time.

Zamora ran on to Barton's long ball over the top of the Blackburn defence before cutting the ball back from the left for Traore, whose low drive from 18 yards was comfortably held by Robinson.

Play then switched to the other end, where Rovers stretched their lead to three goals just moments before the break.

Morten Gamst Pederson's long free-kick was headed down by Scott Dann, before Hoilett arrived at the left-hand post to smash a deflected effort home via the underside of the bar.

Rangers started the second period brightly, creating the opening chance of the half. Wright-Phillips' lofted cross found Zamora, whose header went handsomely wide of the right-hand post.

Blackburn almost added an outrageous fourth on 53 minutes.

Pedersen's miscued strike rolled kindly into the path of Yakubu, whose spectacular lob from 25 yards crashed off the face of the bar before the danger was cleared.

QPR huffed and puffed in an attempt to try and muscle their way back into the match.

Taiwo perhaps should have done better when he could only fire an effort straight at Robinson from ten yards, following Taarabt's sumptuous slide-rule pass.

Hughes decided to freshen things up come the 66th minute, with Mackie introduced at the expense of Buzsaky. The R's switched to a 4-3-1-2 formation in the process.

Four minutes later, good work from Taarabt and Wright-Phillips eventually saw the latter free Taiwo down the left, but the Nigerian full-back could only fire wide of the near post.

A change in system saw a marked improvement in the R's, who pulled a goal back courtesy of substitute Mackie 19 minutes from time.

Play eventually swung the way of Taiwo down the left before the defender drove into the box and picked out Mackie, who got in front of his marker to prod home from six-yards out.

The goal appeared to lift Rangers and Robinson had to be at his best on 85 minutes to thwart Taarabt, after the Moroccan let fly with an effort from just inside the box.

Wright-Phillips, meanwhile, also went close with a rasping drive that went past the upright a minute before time.

Four minutes of second-half stoppage time went up on the board - and Mackie made sure of a nervy finish for Rovers with a splendid strike.

The industrious forward turned his marker on the edge of the box after Taarabt's clever pass, before drilling an unstoppable shot into the top right-hand corner.

Rangers' late show was to be in vein, however, as the hosts clung on for victory.

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Olsson, Formica (Modeste 66), Pedersen, Nzonzi, Dann, Orr, Hoilett (Henley 50), Yakubu (Goodwillie 90), Hanley, Lowe.

Subs: Bunn, Petrovic, Rochina, Vukcevic.

Goals: Yakubu (15), Nzonzi (23), Hoilett (45)

Bookings: Lowe (62)

QPR: Kenny, Hall (Gabbidon 90) Taarabt, Traore, Buzsaky (Mackie 66), Barton, Wright-Phillips, Taiwo, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Zamora.

Subs: Cerny, Hill, Derry, Bothroyd, Smith.

Goals: Mackie (71 & 90)

Bookings: Mackie (81)

Referee: Mr M Dean

Attendance: 20,252


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