Hughes points to defensive instability for QPR's poor start

The manager is upbeat on his side's current form, and his confident that the club can overcome their recent results once he has settled on his first choice defensive line up
Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes has attributed his side's slow start to the season down the sheer number of new personnel, particularly in defensive positions where the Welshman has had to chop and change due to injuries and suspensions.

The west London club spent big in the summer as they attempted to avoid the relegation dogfight they found themselves in last season, bringing in 11 new players and go into the clash against London rivals West Ham at Loftus Road still without a win in the Premier League so far this season.

However, while Hughes admits that it has hardly been the ideal start, he is confident that once his first-choice back four are able to put a consistent run of games together, results will begin to turn.

"Obviously we need to see games out. We have selection problems at the moment in a key area of the field in defence," Hughes told reporters.

"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."

Hughes was disappointed to see his side crash out of the League Cup at home to Reading in mid-week despite having led twice, and will be looking for an improved performance against fellow Premier League new-boys West Ham under the Loftus Road lights.

"We wanted to progress in the cup competition and a number of clubs went out and we didn't want to be one of them. Unfortunately we were not in the hat, which was our intention."