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Saturday 20 October 2012

Matchweek 8: QPR v Everton preview

A preview of QPR v Everton on Sunday in the Barclays Premier League

Mark Hughes is hoping the tide will turn for QPR at home to Everton

QPR v Everton (4pm) #QPREVE >>

David Moyes has promised Everton will "shoot for the stars" as they bid to continue their fine start to the season with victory at Queens Park Rangers tomorrow.

Everton have been one of the form teams of the opening two months of the Barclays Premier League season and travel to Loftus Road with 14 points from seven games.

"I enjoy being near the top of the league, and what comes with that is people thinking how well you're doing and talking in a positive fashion,” Moyes said. "We'll shoot for the stars and see where we end up."

Moyes is confident the international break will not disrupt his side's rhythm but does want them to tighten up at the back after conceding eight goals so far.

"We've got to make sure that we're a little bit harder to beat"
David Moyes

"We've tended to find that after these sort of breaks we've settled down and got the group together and been better so let's hope we can continue to improve from the form we've already shown up to now,” he said. "Our attacking play has been excellent, we've probably created as many chances as anybody in the Premier League and had as many shots as anybody, so we're certainly up with the main teams doing that.

"We've got to make sure that we're a little bit harder to beat, but our points tally is good for this time of the season. We've normally got about five or six at this time of the year so to have what we have is good."

Mark Hughes' side sit bottom of the table having picked up two points from their first seven games, while they have managed just one goal at home and conceded seven times. The QPR manager believes that player turnover and a host of injuries for his team have masked the quality of his squad.

The Welshman has been backed by his chairman Tony Fernandes in recent weeks despite the club sitting bottom of the Premier League, but Hughes is confident once they gel they will be successful.

"Everyone understands what we are trying to do here,” Hughes said. “Tony and Amit [Bhatia, vice-chairman] and all the shareholders have been really positive in that regard.

"They knew and we discussed that there was a possibility the start of the season could be a little bit difficult because we had so many players coming in."

A number of injuries have also destabilised QPR, especially in defence with Hughes unable to name a settled back four all season and he reckons once he has more options the results will follow.

"We have also been hurt with the number of injuries which hasn't helped matters but we are all comfortable that at some point in the very near future, once everything settles down, once we get a settled side then the quality we have will let us win Premier League games," he said. "We are very positive that once we get points on the board that will continue until the end of the season.

"We have taken the club a long way - not only off the field but in terms of the personnel we have been able to attract to the club."

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 QPR v Everton (4pm) #QPREVE >>

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Key Points

  • David Moyes happy with the good start his Everton team have made
  • Mark Hughes says injuries and new players have affected his team
  • Queens Park Rangers take on Everton at Loftus Road from 4pm on Sunday