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- Tables from Last Season Under Neil Warnock and Mark Hughes
TONY FERNANDES POST-MATCH TWEETS
- We got to cut out errors. One error cost us and we got to take our chances. Team played as planned. Must win next win. No panic. Table is compressed. Defense was awful now fairly solid. Midfield strong. Got to score now
- Off to boston now for airasia roadshow. Love everything about QPR. Nothing comes easy but the pain will be worth in. We are in for the long run. We live and learn. Doing our best. Tony Fernandes
- Salvation? Hughes admits he has to beat Saints to save his QPR job
Hughes is facing increasing pressure to hang on to his job at Loftus Road less than 12 months after replacing Neil Warnock.
He has received constant backing from owner Tony Fernandes, who was at the Britannia Stadium yesterday to witness the club’s seventh defeat in 11 games and their worst start to a season in the top flight.
Read Sunday Mirror match report: Stoke City 1-0 Queens Park Rangers: Charlie Adam hurts Hughes' Hoops
Rangers are still without a Premier League win this season and, with just two points on their travels in 10 months under Hughes, they remain rooted to the foot of the table one point behind the stricken Saints.
Doomed Hughes and Nigel Adkins clash at Loftus Road and the axe is being sharpened for whichever boss ends up the loser.
And there is now a growing feeling among the Loftus Road faithful that Harry Redknapp – who is currently out of work – is the man to turn around the club’s fortunes. But a defiant Hughes said: “Southampton is a huge game for us now. There is no doubt about that, but it was always going to be huge, now it is even bigger.
“It is a game that we have to win and we have to prepare ourselves all week to be ready to go. We have to prepare correctly like we do for all games.
“We have to make sure we are in the right shape and frame of mind heading into the Southampton game and make sure we get the three points.
“It’s frustrating at the moment. I spoke to Tony Fernandes before the game, but I did not speak with him immediately after the game.
“We have had a lot of games lately where we have done really well and got nothing from them and we need to alter that.” MIRROR
West London Sport - Hughes bemoans QPR’s missed chances
QPR boss Mark Hughes bemoaned his team’s inability to take their chances following their defeat at Stoke.
Rangers’ 1-0 loss meant they returned to the bottom of the table, with Southampton, who drew with Swansea, leapfrogging them.
Adel Taarabt missed a great chance for Hughes’ side, who are still without a league win this season.
“We’ve had this conversation too many times after games unfortunately,” said Hughes.
“I thought we were the dominant team but the key at the moment is that we have to take our chances. We created good opportunities but unfortunately didn’t take them.”
Rangers were better at the back than they have been for much of the campaign, but again conceded after switching off.
“Stoke will always put the ball into the box and you have to deal with things dropping around you,” Hughes acknowledged.
“Unfortunately we made a mistake – one of the few we made at the back. I thought defensively we were very good – better than we have been.
“At the moment, every mistake we make is getting punished.” West London Sport
OBSERVER RICHARD BRAE
Stoke City's Charlie Adam piles on more misery for Queens Park Rangers
Charlie Adam's first goal for Stoke City ensured Queens Park Rangers' appalling start to the season goes on. Four points from their opening 11 games, none of which have been won, means Mark Hughes' expensive team now lie on the bottom of the Premier League.
The Rangers' owner, Tony Fernandes, had made the journey to the Potteries, tweeting as he did so that now was not the time for panic. What he saw, however, must surely have given him pause for thought. Despite Hughes filling midfield with players of proven creativity, Rangers offered little going forward. Nor were they unlucky.
Any Rangers supporter of the opinion Hughes must be running out of excuses would be wrong, however. "We played well as an away side, it was a decent away performance. We restricted Stoke to very few chances and, in general play, I thought we were much the more dominant team," said the manager, a point of view that may be at odds with the disconsolate Rangers supporters in the Britannia Stadium.
He did however acknowledge their failure to take any of the few chances they did create is symptomatic of their season to date.
Adel Taarabt was probably the guiltiest man in that respect, when shortly before half-time he attempted to chip the Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from close range when a firm shot would surely have done the necessary.
"In fairness to Adel if he'd scored then it would have capped an excellent first half by him," Hughes said. "But it wasn't to be and you know in these sort of games there's always a chance you might concede.
"Stoke will always put the ball into the box and you have to deal with that and unfortunately we made a mistake – one of very few mistakes we made, because defensively I thought we were very good."
Taarabt's effort aside, the first half was generally a poor one and the second had shown few signs of improvement when, seven minutes after the break, Robert Huth launched a free-kick hopefully into the Rangers' box.
Jon Walters headed on and Peter Crouch attempted to bring the ball under control but succeeded only in touching it on to Adam, who clipped the ball back across goalkeeper Júlio César and into the net. It was Adam's first goal for more than a year.
Begovic then had to be at his best in touching aside Granero's firm 70th-minute drive from inside the area but otherwise Stoke defended without alarm and should have extended their lead through Michael Kightly.
"The most important thing today was simply to win, though we played better than we played in our 10 other games," Tony Pulis said.
"But the longer you go without winning the more edgy you can get, so I'm very pleased," the manager added. "Our home form has been fantastic, four clean sheets in five games and the return has been very good, so the three points will lift a little bit of a monkey off the players' backs