QPR boss Mark Hughes insisted he saw encouraging signs despite his team’s defeat against Newcastle – and vowed to steer them away from trouble.
Leon Best’s first-half goal meant Rangers made a losing start to Hughes’ reign, but the Welshman said he was happy with aspects of their display.
“I’m pleased with the performance but obviously not the result,” said Hughes.
“The attitude and application of the players was good. I could see things we’ve tried to implement and things we’ve told them.
“You can only put so much information into players, and as the weeks go on without a doubt we’ll be better.
“What you saw was a committed team. It was pleasing seeing the way the players worked hard for each other and were helping each other out there – that was something I noticed.
“There are areas we can improve though – that’s obvious – and we’re looking to make Queens Park Rangers better in the future.”