Hughes - We can beat the drop

QPR boss confident of overcoming difficult fixtures in season finale

Mark Hughes: The QPR boss faces games against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham

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QPR boss Mark Hughes remains confident of avoiding relegation from the Premier League despite a tough run-in.

Hughes also feels that his side have the advantage over Bolton, who are two points behind but have two games in hand.

The R's are just outside the relegation zone but face Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United in three of their final four games of the season, with a home clash against Stoke sandwiched in between.

Bolton's games-in-hand are against Aston Villa and Tottenham, while also facing Sunderland, Swansea, West Brom and Stoke.

But Hughes is optimistic ahead of the final four games and feels his side can pick up enough points to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.


He said: "We feel it is up to us, we have difficult games but it is important that we maximise the opportunities that we have ahead of us.

"We have four difficult games and we make no bones about it - it is not going to be easy but we are playing well, especially at home, and we feel we can pick up enough points.

"At this stage of the season, my preference would be to have points on the board so if we can get points at the weekend and put pressure on the teams in and around us that haven't accumulated as many points as us at this point - I think that is more advisable and more comfortable than having games in hand."

QPR are aiming for their fourth straight home win against Tottenham on Saturday evening, having already beaten Liverpool, Arsenal and Swansea at Loftus Road.

Spurs need to win to maintain their top-four hopes but have failed to clinch an away victory in the Premier League in 2012.

Harry Redknapp's side have also failed to score during their last three away trips and Hughes is confident of repeating recent home performances.


He added: "Our home form has been excellent and we have to replicate that.

"I think if we match the levels we have hit at home, then with the ability that we have and the support of the crowd we can give anyone a game.

"We are looking forward to it and I think it is important at this stage of the season not to have apprehension or fear ahead and you go into the game with confidence and that is certainly how we feel."