Delighted Hughes eyes Chelsea clash after Rangers see off Spurs

Mark Hughes has told his players they can move towards Premier League safety in next weekend’s west London derby at Chelsea.

Adel Taarabt’s winner against Tottenham gave QPR a fourth consecutive home victory and means one more win could be enough to keep them up.

But manager Hughes insists they should not wait until their final home game of the season, against Stoke, for the remaining points they need – and should instead target the game at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “We’ve got three very difficult games left. One of them is here [at home] and we can’t allow ourselves to think that’ll be a given, because Stoke are a very good side.

“We’ve got to try and address our away form and have a big game against Chelsea.

“It’s a great derby for us and we must try to get a positive result there because, if we did, that would be massive for us and go a long way to deciding whether we’re safe.”

Hughes said he was unsure about referee Mark Clattenburg’s decision to send Taraabt off for a second bookable offence after the Moroccan kicked the ball away.

“I’ve not seen it and I’m not going to let it cloud what’s been a great evening,” he insisted.

“Losing Adel for the last 15 minutes made it difficult and occasionally you have to ride your luck, but it would have been a travesty had we not got something from that game, because we deserved it.

“It was a really good performance from us and once again our fans were magnificent. To know everyone’s pulling in the same direction makes a big difference.”

See also: Taarabt haunts Spurs and takes QPR closer to safety

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