Fernandes: QPR will silence 'armchair critics'

The owner of the West London club has yet again pledged his support for manager Mark Hughes, as he believes that untimely injuries have cost his side vital points.
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has vowed to silence his critics and pledged his support for manager Mark Hughes despite the team having gained only two points from seven games this season.

The West London club was one of the busiest in the summer transfer window, bringing in new marquee signings such as Julio Cesar, Esteban Granero and Ji-Sung Park, but that has not translated into success.

"If the team was playing badly, if the dressing room was dispirited then you would have to say something's not right, but the team is playing well," Fernandes told Sky Sports News."We have given away goals, and we have critical injuries in critical places. So no panic. Mark's done it in Fulham, he's done it in Blackburn and I have got to say even at Man City the core championship side were players Mark brought in.

"So he has my full confidence, and I hope I am proven right in a big way that I can answer all these critics and armchair critics. Unfortunately or fortunately we are a higher profile club, we are five points away from being in the middle and you don't see the other clubs getting the kind of pressure we're getting, but that comes with the territory."

Mark Hughes has been in the QPR job for less than a year after he replaced Neil Warnock, who guided the side to promotion in 2011.

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