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Monday 01 October 2012

QPR v West Ham: Hughes targets first victory

QPR manager believes his side will improve quickly, starting at Loftus Road on Monday evening

West Ham's Matt Jarvis is hoping to start against QPR

QPR v West Ham

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes has backed his side to move up the Barclays Premier League table sooner rather than later - starting on Monday against West Ham United.

Hughes’s team have yet to win a Premier League match this campaign, collecting two points from a possible 15 heading into Monday’s match against Sam Allardyce’s side.

"We are not going to hide behind the fact that it is not start we wanted"
Mark Hughes

The Welshman admitted his team have had an indifferent start, but he believes QPR will soon start picking up victories, especially when they are able to call upon a number of defenders again.

"For the most part our performances have been fine up to a point," said Hughes, who will have to do without the injured Anton Ferdinand, Jose Bosingwa, Fabio Da Silva and Armand Traore. "Obviously we need to see games out. We have selection problems at the moment in a key area of the field in defence.

"We have had too much of a turnover in terms of selection and personnel changes so that doesn’t lend well to having that continuity of performance. We’ve created some decent football in the initial period but it was always going to take time.

"We are not going to hide behind the fact it is not the best of starts and the start that we wanted. We understood that it could happen and that it would take us time to get the team functioning as we wanted."

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West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald says his team must hit the ground running when kick-off takes place at Loftus Road as they seek their first away win of the season.

"They've come out of the blocks strongly in the last two games and we have to be ready for that,” he said. “We have to be patient and then impose our own game on them.

"They've made a few signings and it does take time to gel. You might be playing a different formation or a different way. It takes time to get to know everyone and how the system and the dynamics work between the team. Hopefully it doesn't all come together for them on Monday night."

McDonald did not reveal whether Matt Jarvis would retain his starting place after the winger who joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer impressed during the Capital One Cup defeat by Wigan Athletic last week.

“Whoever can't get in the team, and it might be a record signing, they have to wait for their chance to come along and when that chance does come along they've got to be ready,” McDonald said. "Long-term he'll bring excellent retention of the ball, balls in the box to help people score goals and he's high energy as well. Those three things are vital to any team."

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Key Points

  • QPR take on West Ham at Loftus Road in Monday-night Barclays Premier League fixture
  • QPR manager Mark Hughes confident his team will improve on stuttering start to season
  • West Ham's Neil McDonald knows QPR will start quickly in search of their first win