Hughes still confident of QPR survival as winless streak continues against Reading

The two teams without a Premier League win saw out a 1-1 draw which either side could have won, and the Rs boss is certain their first victory is just around the corner
QPR manager Mark Hughes believes his side will soon end their current slump and pick up their first Premier League win of the season.

The Rs drew with fellow strugglers Reading – also without a win – and have now failed to register a victory in their opening ten top-flight fixtures.

The home supporters booed the side at the final whistle, but Hughes is certain a change in luck will see his side lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

“We’re disappointed because we haven’t been able to get the three points we wanted,” he told reporters. “But we’re going to get games like this and we have to make sure that we take points from every game we’ve played because we don’t want to find ourselves adrift at the bottom.

“I think [the booing] was isolated and the vast majority understood that the team was trying really hard not to sit on the draw and go for the three points, and they appreciated that. We’re working exceptionally hard on a daily basis to turn this around, and we’ll get there. We know that.

“We know the sooner it changes the better. We anticipated at the start that we’d have a really successful season and the longer this run goes that’s in danger, and we might be in a situation we were involved in last year. We don’t anticipate that will happen but there is a possibility and we’re fully aware of that.”

Reading boss Brian McDermott was pleased with his side’s performance and was grateful to goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who produced two superb saves to earn the Royals a point.

“The first one [from Granero’s free kick] he just got a touch on and it hit the bar; it was a fabulous save. And then with Taarabt going through at the end, that was a fabulous save. He’s a very good young goalkeeper, we’re very blessed to have good goalkeepers at our club. That was a point-winning save at the end.

“He’s a young goalkeeper and he’s working hard. We’ve got really good goalkeepers here and they’re all pushing each other to get better, as are all the players in the squad.”