Hughes hails players after stunning win

A delighted Mark Hughes heaped praise on his players after QPR’s shock victory against Arsenal.

Samba Diakite’s goal midway through the second half secured three valuable points for Rangers in their battle to stay in the Premier League.

And it vindicated Hughes’ pre-match confidence that his team could upset the Gunners, who were heavy favourites to win.

The R’s boss said: “In the last three home games I would suggest we played well. We were good against Everton and Liverpool but today was the best of the lot.

“To a man I thought we were exceptional. In terms of discipline and shape against a team who, don’t forget, have brushed everyone aside in recent weeks, we were excellent.

“We’ve played okay on occasions and not got the result, whereas today we were exceptional and got our reward.

“If we play at that same level it’s a given that we’ll win more games. Our challenge is to be able to go up against teams that people maybe think we’ve got chance against, because we seem to excel against the top sides.”

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