Ryan Nelsen has told talkSPORT manager Mark Hughes should be given more credit for transforming QPR into a ‘proper Premier League club’, even though the side are still searching for their first league win of the season.
The former Spurs and Blackburn defender says the squad, rather than the manager, should shoulder the responsibility for a start to the campaign which sees them lying bottom of the league with just three points from nine games so far.
He said: “It’s got to be so frustrating for the manager. In preparing for games, he does the maximum he can with what he can control. It’s up to us players to stop throwing curve balls in the way we have been. I feel very sorry for him.
“We’ve shot ourselves in the foot numerous times – whether it’s sendings-off, conceding soft goals, even some of the injuries we’ve had. Getting the same team out on more than one occasion will help and we can get some consistency.”
Despite reports suggesting only victory against Reading on Sunday will save Hughes from the sack, Nelsen believes the Loftus Road chief has the backing of everybody at the west London club.
“The owners and the board have seen what Mark and his staff have done behind the scenes with the infrastructure,” he added.
“It’s a proper Premier League club now, which not everybody can see. It’s changed dramatically from a year ago, which from the stories I hear was pretty shambolic.
“Unfortunately the results haven’t backed that up but [owner Tony Fernandes], the board and the players see the hard work that’s been put in.”
Nelsen is also confident Rangers’ luck will finally change against a Reading side still recovering from the 7-5 defeat to Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.
“Most games come down to mistakes – the less you make, the more chance you have of winning. We’ll look at we can do right and hopefully the quality will take care of itself.
“We just need to get that one win to get the monkey off our backs. Even in our games so far we’ve done more than enough to get more points. Hopefully this is our bad run for the season. “