QPR boss identifies advantage over relegation rivals

12:00 10 April 2012

Jay Bothroyd

Jay Bothroyd

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hughes insists striking options can fire them to survival

Mark Hughes is adamant that QPR’s array of strikers can give them a crucial advantage as the fight for Premier League survival hots up.

Hughes has eight forwards at his disposal, with the impact of Djibril Cisse’s four-match suspension softened by the returns from injury of DJ Campbell and top-scorer Heidar Helguson.

The manager rested the in-form Bobby Zamora against Manchester United on Sunday, handing Jay Bothroyd his first Rangers start in almost three months in the 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

And with the likes of Tommy Smith and Rob Hulse also available for selection, Hughes has plenty of options.

“At the moment I’m going to try to use all the options available to me,” Hughes told London24.com. I’ve got a lot of good strikers and if I can get the combinations right then they’re going to help us.

“We’re missing Djibril [Cisse] at the moment so other people come into the frame. Heidar and DJ are getting back to full fitness, and with the games we have left it’s a great option to have so many different types of strikers.

“Against different opposition I might go with different combinations.”

Hughes admitted he has been impressed by Bothroyd’s recent displays on the training pitch, despite a disappointing season for the former Cardiff hit-man which has produced just two league goals.

“Jay has been unfortunate; obviously Bobby has come in and done really well for me so it has been difficult for him,” added Hughes.

“But Jay is training really well and I know that if I have to call on him then he’s a real option for me.

“He’s desperate to play, but he knows what we’re doing here and I have been pleased with his attitude. He likes to be involved and he’s a player who likes to play because that’s what he’s used to.

“But he has to understand that Bobby is playing exceptionally well and he has to bide his time. He will play his part between now and the end of the season.

“It’s important that I see the right attitude not only from him but from everyone else, and that’s exactly what I’m seeing at the moment.”

Follow me on Twitter @QPRTimes

Live Blog Transfer Window Live - August 29

 

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 14:16
The twins, who spend most of their day latched onto dad, have been named Winnie and Piglet by zookeepers ahead of this weekend’s Winnie the bear celebration at the Little Creatures family festival.

These two new arrivals, born just in time for a weekend celebrating the bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh, have been given some very apt names.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:14
Police were called to the house of Sam Taylor Wood, seen here with husband Aaron Taylor Johnson at the European premiere of 'Godzilla' in Leicester Square in May, after the machine gun was spotted through a window  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Sam Taylor-Johnson got a visit from the firearms squad last night after a spotter-by noticed a machine gun in her house and called the police.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:01
Firearms officers arrested the suspect

Members of the public helped to thwart an attempted armed robbery in Whitechapel yesterday.

Read more

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Match Reports

TOP STORIES

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
Guess the managers quiz

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
Croatia's Daniel Prajnic, France's Paul Pogba and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo... three hair-raising World Cup stars (Picture: Archant/Getty)

The World Cup is a showcase of fantastic football... and terrible hairstyles. Try this quiz and test your knowledge of the wackiest barnets in Brazil.

Read more
Which London club play their home games at this stadium...? (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Do you fancy yourself as a football ground buff? Test your stadium knowledge with this brilliant quiz.

Read more

QPR Transfer News

Friday, August 29, 2014
Alex McCarthy. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

QPR have announced the signing of highly rated goalkeeper Alex McCarthy from Reading on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Read more
Friday, August 29, 2014
Follow the latest transfer news and gossip with London24

With the clock ticking towards the transfer deadline, clubs are pushing to get deals done before the window slams shut on Monday night.

Read more
Friday, August 29, 2014
QPR manager Harry Redknapp (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Harry Redknapp has defended his criticism of a number of his players following QPR’s midweek cup exit at the hands of Burton as the manager prepares to extend his stay at Loftus Road.

Read more
Friday, August 29, 2014
Follow the latest transfer news and gossip with London24

London24’s Transfer Window Live brings you all the latest news and gossip from around the capital.

Read more