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It has been a difficult start to the season at Loftus Road but the Welsh manager and his Brazilian goalkeeper are confident that results will improve sooner rather than later

Although Sunday's clash between QPR and Reading already has the look of a relegation six-pointer, manager Mark Hughes insists that he is not under pressure despite the Loftus Road club's poor start to the season.

Rs owner Tony Fernandes has backed his boss repeatedly but bookmakers have him among the favourites to win the sack race, having overseen vast summer spending but yet to record a first league win of the season.

"How many times can Tony talk about being fully behind what we are trying to do? One game is going to change that," a defiantly upbeat Hughes told The Independent.

"We know there are periods of time where we will get maximum points against teams in the Premier League because we did it last year with a team that wasn't as good as [the one] we have now.

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"We know the reasons we are where we are but it's about time we got points on the board.

"I have spoken about the frustration of the players because they know they are close to really kicking on. The first win will certainly help that."

One of Hughes's eye-catching signings this summer was Champions League winner and former Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who is remaining positive despite not having found himself in such a test at the bottom of a table.

"It's a new situation for me. But I think that in life these things are sent to test you," the goalkeeper mused.

"There's no reason not to be positive. We have a good team, made good signings and and have players with good reputations, but unfortunately we haven't managed to win games yet.

"The main thing that we have to improve for now is the confidence. When we win the first game, it'll come.

"We need to get as many points as possible and then we can start looking at where we can finish, top five, top 10 ... top 15."