MARK Hughes says that QPR fans were well within their rights to voice their frustrations at the full-time whistle, as Rangers went down to a disappointing 3-1 defeat against Southampton in W12.
First-half goals from Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon put fellow strugglers Saints into a two-goal lead at the break.
Junior Hoilett responded shortly after half-time but it wasn’t to be for the hosts, with Anton Ferdinand putting through his own net towards the death.
Hughes told www.qpr.co.uk: “The fans were well within their rights (to voice their anger) today – because that wasn’t a performance.
“We’ll take it on the chin and hold our hands up. The performance wasn’t acceptable.
“The fans have every right to criticise me, criticise the players, because we didn’t perform today.
“We’re in a situation now and we have to realise very quickly that it’s not a case of just playing and hoping things happen – you have to make them happen.”
He added: “Today was a key game for us and unfortunately we didn’t perform – I include myself in that, because at the end of the day, I pick the team. Unfortunately we didn’t function as a unit today.
“We were disappointed with the first goal because we got the first initial contact in our own box and following that, they got six touches and the ball ended up in the back of the net. That’s not defending properly as a team.
“We are where we are. Once again we went behind in a game. That’s happened too many times this year.
“You then start chasing games and, in the end, it was nowhere near a team performance, certainly not one I expected.
"We’ll pick ourselves up and we have to go again because we owe the fans. We weren’t at the races today, unfortunately.
“The fans were expecting a lot more and I was, as well. So were the players, but we didn’t perform.”