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HUGHES’S AUGSBURG VERDICT

MARK Hughes praised his side’s second-half performance in their final pre-season outing against FC Augsburg, as the R’s twice came from behind to earn a share of the spoils.


Djibril Cisse was at the double in a 2-2 draw at the SGL arena, with Rangers more than matching their German Bundesliga opposition – especially after the half-time break.


Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Hughes told us: “I was happy with our performance in the second half.


“We took our time to get to grips with the surroundings and the pitch. I thought we improved markedly in the second half and controlled the game.


“The goals we conceded were unfortunate from our point of view. I thought the penalty award was harsh. The ball hit Ryan (Nelsen) on his thigh and hit his arm.


“But we made a couple of changes in the second half and were able to take control of the midfield area and dictate the play, which we failed to do in the first half.


“There were two great strikes from Djib (Cisse) again, who showed his quality once more. He looks really sharp for the coming season.


“It was a step up in quality. They’re a decent side on their home patch and, like I said, certainly in the second half I felt we dominated.”


Hughes continued: “We’re still trying a few things in mind of the big kick-off next weekend.


“We’ve got a whole week now where we can concentrate and put good work into the players.


“I felt we looked the stronger of the two sides. The way that we’ve trained this summer has been good in terms of the intensity and the quality of the work that we’ve put in.


“We looked the stronger team at the end, which is encouraging. All-in-all, it was a good work-out.”


The fixture also saw Ale Faurlin make his comeback after a six-and-a-half month lay-off through injury, with Hughes adding: “Ale got 15 minutes at the end and we’re absolutely delighted for him. It’s good to see him back.


“It’s a huge lift for everybody. He’s a great kid and I was disappointed that I didn’t have the chance to work with from the moment I came through the door.


“But he’s very much in my thoughts now. Obviously he’s still got a long way to go before he’s ready for the Premier League, but you see he’s got undoubted quality – he just needs game time now.”