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The new boss at Loftus Road, who saw his side beat MK Dons to reach the FA Cup fourth round, was delighted with his team's effort after Danny Gabbidon's late headed goal

After watching his side defeat MK Dons to set up an FA Cup fourth round tie with Chelsea, QPR boss Mark Hughes revealed that he has held talks with Brazilian defender Alex, as well as confirming the club are close to concluding a deal for Sao Paulo starlet Henrique.

Danny Gabbidon's late headed goal was enough for the hosts to win the FA Cup third round replay at Loftus Road and Hughes admits that he is looking to add some new faces to his squad as soon as possible.

"Things are ongoing, I've been busy this evening obviously," he said. "But the hope is that we can get number of the deals done. Ideally that would be sooner rather than later but I can't tell you if that's going to happen anytime soon.

"I think talks [with Alex] are ongoing. I spoke to the boy yesterday and went through what we're trying to do here and my feelings towards him as a player. I have a huge regard for what he could do for us here. Things have to fall into place before you can get the player over the line. Until I get an update, that's as much as I know.

"We'll digest what's gone on today and look back at the game in more detail and what we need to improve on, then decisions will be made. It's early days and the players are still trying to impress so that will continue for a number of weeks, I'm sure.

"[The Henrique transfer] seems to be progressing, we're hoping to conclude that. He's the type of player it would be good to attract to the club if we can. Those are the type that can sustain you in the future so if we do those deals I think that will help us."

The hosts were on the back foot for much of the match against MK Dons and could easily have gone out but were rescued that fate after Gabbidon's late header sent them through.

"The players are still learning in terms of what I want from them and vice versa so it's still very, very early days but I'm encouraged by the fact that they're trying to make things happen," Hughes added.

"They've got a great attitude. They stuck at it - if they've given me everything that they've got - which they certainly did tonight - then I've got no complaints.

"Obviously in terms of what we actually produced and the quality we need to play consistently well - that wasn't evident tonight, but certainly on Sunday I thought we put a good shift in, and on the strength of that performance and the result today they will be more confident at the weekend.

"And I think that is the big issue for us at the moment, the lack of confidence which is understandable given the run the team's been on.

"[Confidence is] very important. In terms of our performance, it wasn't anywhere near what we produced against Newcastle, in fairness.

"But it was a little bit unfair [on the team] playing on a Sunday and then on a Tuesday and I think that showed in our lack of sharpness.

"Credit to the MK Dons who were full of running and passed the ball really well, really crisply. They were moving us around the pitch and it was a hard night for us. But we stuck at it.

"I thought the tempo of our play was a bit laboured and we needed to quicken that up. We maybe weren't quite as dynamic as I expected us to be today which is understandable given the workload we've had in the past 48 hours.

"I think that in general play, that's understandable - when a team's playing well you see them trying things and players clearly in the flow of the match and enjoying the experience. At the moment it's a little bit heavy going for us and that's a confidence thing.

"But I think that will improve. I've been here just over a week and I'm pleased with what they've given me but we can do better."

Hughes finished fielding a question about the return of Thierry Henry and Paul Scholes by joking that he "still had his boots" but "they need a hell of a clean".