Nelsen urges QPR team-mates to 'stand up and be counted'

The demoralising home defeat by Southampton has intensified the pressure surrounding manager Mark Hughes, but the Hoops' veteran defender believes that blame lies with the players
Queen’s Park Rangers defender Ryan Nelsen has urged his team-mates to take responsibility for their own poor displays this season and work harder, starting with this weekend’s trip to Manchester United.

Saturday’s home defeat against fellow strugglers Southampton leaves the Hoops four points adrift at the bottom of the table, without a win to their name all season.

This miserable start has put manager Mark Hughes’ job under severe threat, but Nelsen believes that the players need to shoulder their own share of the blame for the current predicament.

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The New Zealand international told the club's official website: "The players have to hold complete responsibility for last weekend. When it mattered most, we just didn't stand up.

"You've got to defend and attack the ball and we just didn't get on the end of anything. Every game from now until the end of the season is a 'stand up and be counted' game.

"Every player's got to hold their hands up and do everything they can for this club to get out of where we are."

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has been heavily linked with taking over from Hughes at Loftus Road, with the Welshman allegedly refusing the board's recent request to resign.