Hughes reveals QPR used Derry verdict as added motivation

Delighted QPR boss Mark Hughes revealed that a sense of injustice helped inspire his team to their 3-0 victory over Swansea.

Rangers failed with an attempt to have Shaun Derry’s red card against Manchester United rescinded – despite the player making minimal contact with an offside Ashley Young during Sunday’s defeat at Old Trafford.

But they bounced back with a vital home win that took them two points clear of the relegation zone.

“We were disappointed with that decision and the explanation given. The team used that as a motivating factor,” Hughes explained.

“Akos Buzsaky came in and did great and that was what we needed – big performances from people.”

And, given the events of the last few days. Hughes was able to smile about the fact that Jamie Mackie was in an offside position prior to scoring Rangers’ second goal.

“We got a bit of luck – so be it,” the Welshman declared.

“We were a bit hard done by at the weekend, so it’s the old adage of it evening itself out. Jamie still had a lot to do.”

He added: “I thought that, to a man, we were excellent from start to finish.

“It was important we understood what was required to stop Swansea dominating the game.

“We worked on it, which is fine, but you have to have guys who make it happen and that’s exactly what we had.

“It’s a really important win from our point of view. Defensively we did okay. The clean sheet is significant and the continuity in terms of our back five is helping us.

“It was fully deserved. We were never really in danger of not winning this game. It was important we got maximum points tonight. Less than that would have been a disappointment for us.

“It’s important to win our home games. The fans really drive us on and it was another example of that tonight. They really got behind us and we feel we can give anyone a game at home.”

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