Hughes does not want sympathy

  • Last Updated: November 3 2012, 14:26 GMT

Mark Hughes insists he does not deserve sympathy from anyone as he enters a period which is likely to prove crucial to his future and that of QPR.

Hughes: Preparing for Reading test

QPR welcome Reading to Loftus Road on Sunday with Hughes still looking to register his first Barclays Premier League win of the season.

The R's boss spent millions on recruiting 11 new first-team players this summer, but they have struggled to gel and have only collected three points so far as a result.

Hughes, who insists he has the full backing of club owner Tony Fernandes, has not been helped this season by poor refereeing decisions - most notably in last weekend's defeat at Arsenal - and his own players' indiscipline.

The Welshman claims he does not deserve any pity for the things that have gone against him this season, though.

"Nobody needs to feel sorry for me," Hughes said.

"This is football. It's fine. You can do everything correctly and sometimes you can get a curve ball and the roof starts falling in.

"There is nothing you can do about it."

Fernandes warned before the season began that QPR may take time to gel, particularly with the difficult fixture list the Londoners were handed.

Hughes' men have taken on Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea in their opening nine games, but now they face a winnable run of matches against Reading, Stoke and Southampton.

Hughes admits it is vital his team put a good sequence of results together this month.

He added: "We have in recent weeks played against teams in the top half of the table and we have acquitted ourselves well without getting the points we felt we deserved.

"Now we are up against teams that are in and around us so they take on more significance because we need to get maximum points.

"We know we've got opportunities in the games we have coming up to get more points on the board and that's our intention."

Hughes' plight has not been helped by a number of injuries, and the former Blackburn boss will once again be without a key player on Sunday as Park Ji-sung has a knee injury that has prevented him from training all week.

Bobby Zamora had to have two pain-killing injections yesterday after suffering a minor hip injury and could also miss out.

The one thing Hughes has going for him is the fact that Reading, like QPR, are yet to win a top-flight match this season.

The Royals have conceded 17 Premier League goals this season and they also shipped seven against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

Hughes hopes his team can take advantage of the visitors' vulnerability at the back in Sunday afternoon's game.

"Reading have obviously had a period where they have shipped more goals than they would have liked," Hughes said.

"I'm sure they have been working on that, but we've got to make sure that if they do have any anxiety in terms of their defence we draw them out and capitalise on that.

"We certainly have enough talent in an attacking sense to do that."


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