Nelsen urges QPR teammates to 'stand up and be counted'

The demoralizing home defeat to Southampton has intensified the pressure surrounding manager Mark Hughes, but the Hoops' veteran defender believes the blame lies with the players.
Queen’s Park Rangers defender Ryan Nelsen has urged his teammates 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 struggler Southampton has left the Hoops four points adrift at the bottom of the table, without a win to the club's 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.

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

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