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Sunday 04 November 2012

QPR 'need a little break', says Hughes after Reading draw

Mark Hughes upbeat about QPR's performance despite draw; Reading's Brian McDermott satisfied

Hal Robson-Kanu of Reading takes on QPR's Jose Bosingwa at Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Reading

Queens Park Rangers just need a little fortune to seal their first Barclays Premier League victory, according to manager Mark Hughes, whose side were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Reading in the early Sunday kick-off.

"We need a little break, things didn't go for us today, but in terms of what the players are giving myself and the club I can't fault that"
Mark Hughes

Though Reading took a 16th-minute lead through former QPR defender Kaspars Gorkss, the home side piled on the pressure in the second half and might have added to Djibril Cisse’s 66th-minute equaliser were it not for the outstanding display by Royals goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

But the west Londoners have yet to collect their first win in the English top-flight after 10 matches, which is a source of no little frustration for their Welsh manager.

"We're disappointed because we didn't get the three points we wanted but you've got to give credit to the opposition," said Hughes. "In the first half we knew what they were going to do, we've prepared for it all week and it shouldn't have been a shock to us. But we came back.

"I think the vast majority of fans understand the team was trying really hard not to just sit on a 1-1 draw, and they appreciated that. We're working exceptionally hard on a daily basis to turn this around and we'll get there, we know that.

The result lifted QPR above Southampton on goals scored at the bottom but they remain five points from safety, with Reading a point better off and the Welshman is conscious his side need to translate performances into points.

"The sooner it turns around the better, not so much in terms of staying in this league but we anticipated before the season started that we would have a really successful season.

"The longer this run goes on then that successful season is in danger and we might obviously be involved in the situation we were in last season.

"We need a little break, things didn't go for us today, but in terms of what the players are giving myself and the club I can't fault that."

McDermott satisfied with 'good point'

Despite witnessing his side succumb to a second-half equaliser that denied them their own first Barclays Premier League win of the season, Reading manager Brian McDermott regarded the 1-1 draw as a point gained rather than two lost.

"Our performance today away from home was a really good one – we will take a point and move on"
Brian McDermott

"It was a good point," said McDermott. "Our performance today away from home was a really good one – we will take a point and move on.

"You can analyse that game [the 7-5 Capital One Cup defeat by Arsenal] to death – I know what happened in that game. I thought at times we were excellent today."

McDermott added that he was now looking forward to Norwich City’s visit to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday as a good opportunity to earn maximum points.

"This is never an easy place to come," he said. "They've got some good players. We have to move on and we are playing at home next game and we are looking forward to it.

"I know we have got another game against Norwich and that is at home and that is all I'm focusing on."

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