Sunday 21 October 2012
Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes felt his side deserved their first Barclays Premier League win of the season after being held to a 1-1 home draw by ten-man Everton at Loftus Road.
"Ideally we would have preferred to take the maximum because I feel our performance warranted that"
Rangers, who remain rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League table with three points from eight matches, were unable to capitalise on their numerical advantage once Steven Pienaar had been dismissed for a second bookable offence with just over an hour played.
"I think it's an important point, but ideally we would have preferred to take the maximum because I feel our performance warranted that," said Hughes. "Overall I thought some of our play was excellent today, in the first half I thought we created some good movement."
Hughes added that his side's task was rendered even harder once the visitors has been reduced to ten men, but rued Julio Cesar's 33rd-minute own goal, which cancelled out Junior Hoilett's deflected second-minute opening strike.
"The goal we conceded was due to not picking up from a set play and we need to do better than that," said the Welshman.
Everton manager David Moyes, meanwhile, accepted that a share of the spoils was a positive outcome considering his side had to make do without Pienaar for a third of the match.
"I am happy with the point," he said. "We went down to 10 men and the players dug in. Overall it was a hard point."
"We will have to see how we cope with players out through injury or suspension," he told the club's official website. "I thought we coped quite well today without Marouane Fellaini, Darron Gibson, and Tony Hibbert.
"So we have to try and get some of these players back and fit now because obviously we're going to lose Pienaar for our next game."
Moyes also feels the point will prove to be a good result with hindsight as he believes Mark Hughes's side are bound to improve through the course of the campaign.
"I think with the experience, the players they've got and the backing they've given the manager they have a really good team," he said.
"They have some really good players and I'm sure they will move up the league table shortly. When that happens I think we will be looking back at this as a very good point."
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