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FULHAM CHRONICLE -QPR boss explains Taarabt absence
MARK Hughes has revealed Adel Taarabt was left out of the squad for QPR's defeat to Manchester City for tactical reasons.
With midfielders Ali Faurlin and Esteban Grenero short of fitness and unable to last 90 minutes, Hughes felt he needed to provide sufficient cover on the bench.
That meant there was no room for Taarabt or centre-back Clint Hill among the seven substitutes.
We've got a lot of guys in the squad and everybody's fit at the moment so it's difficult to fit everybody on the bench,ï¿½ said the Rangers boss.
We had legislate for the fact that we had two guys in the middle of the park that might have to be changed, so I had to cover myself in that regard.
Unfortunately they didn't make the bench but that's healthy because it shows we've got more strength in depth in the squad than we did last year. Fulham Chronicle
SPORTING LIFE - Mancini and Hughes Comments
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini bemoaned his side's finishing ability after making hard work of victory over QPR.
The Barclays Premier League champions created a multitude of chances, particularly in the first half, but in the end scraped to a 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
QPR withstood considerable pressure to cancel out Yaya Toure's opener through Bobby Zamora and it needed a quick response from Edin Dzeko to restore City's lead.
Ryan Nelsen went close to another equaliser late on but Carlos Tevez gave the scoreline a more convincing look with his fourth goal of the campaign in injury time.
Mancini, for whom the match was his 100th in charge in the Premier League, told ESPN: "I think we played well in first half, but we have one problem at the moment - when we have a chance to score we don't score and the game can change.
"We had this problem in the first game and against Liverpool.
"In the second half we didn't play well. We were too slow but in the end it's important that we took three points."
City goalkeeper Joe Hart kept 17 clean sheets last season but Zamora's close-range header means he has still not recorded one this term.
But with seven points from three games, captain Vincent Kompany does not think alarm bells should be ringing yet.
The Belgium international said: "No it doesn't matter. We've always proved to be solid come difficult times.
"Come December, January and February we'll show it. At this time everyone tries to play the game nicely.
"We left ourselves exposed but at the end of the season we won't do that."
The defeat left QPR still looking for their first win of the season while their former City boss Mark Hughes is still to triumph away from home since taking charge.
But Rangers are much changed from the side which narrowly avoided relegation having signed 12 new players over the summer.
Hughes felt his side were unfortunate not to take something from the game.
He said: "I think we are a little bit disappointed.
"In the first half we restricted them to a few chances and the most problems we had were from set pieces. In general play I thought our shape was good.
"But we were working hard without putting them under enough pressure to affect the game going the other way.
"I thought we addressed that in the second half and really put a shift in and caused them some problems. I thought we were in control of the game.
"Obviously when we equalised it was a real body blow to concede so soon after that. If we had maintained the position at 1-1 maybe we could have caused them even more problems.
"I sensed there was apprehension in the stadium and that was filtering through to them.
"We fed off that but in the end we were disappointed. In general we can take positives from it."
Hughes handed a debut to Esteban Granero, who joined the club from Real Madrid this week, while Alejandro Faurlin, recently returned from a six-month lay-off, started.
Hughes said: "Faurlin had another 70 minutes on the road to his recovery and I thought Granero was excellent all day.
"I took him off as a precaution. He hasn't had a great deal of football but showed what a good player he is going to be for us."
Hughes added that striker DJ Campbell was not part of his immediate plans.
"We will try to get him a loan deal," he said. Sporting Life