MARK HUGHES cut a frustrated figure after watching his side succumb to a disappointing home defeat against West Ham United.
Rangers lost 2-1 at Loftus Road, after first half goals from Matt Jarvis and Ricardo Vaz Te gave the Hammers a deserved half-time advantage.
The R’s responded thanks to a sublime Adel Taarabt goal moments after he entered the fray as a 56th minute substitute, but a late red card for Samba Diakite – for two bookable offences – proved costly as Rangers’ winless run in the Premier League stretched to six games.
“We didn’t start the game at all well and the first half display in general was desperately disappointing,” Hughes told www.qpr.co.uk.
“It wasn’t anywhere near the level we know we are capable of.
“We gave them far too much time on the ball to show the strength and power that they’ve got in their side. They were good value for their two goal advantage at the break.
“To be fair to the lads, the second half was better and Adel scored a fantastic goal to get us back into the game and at that point I thought we had a lot of momentum.
“Unfortunately the sending off really set us back.”
Speaking about the sending off, Hughes added: “I can accept they were two fouls by Samba, but whether they both warranted yellow cards and the subsequent red is debatable.
“I think it was a bit harsh on the boy, but that’s what we seem to be up against at the moment.
“Things aren’t going our way at the minute. The beauty of the Premier League is that the games come around fairly quickly, so we’ve got the opportunity to put things right on Saturday against West Brom.”