Defeat turns up heat on Hughes

QPR owner Tony Fernandes failed to give his customary backing to manager Mark Hughes after Saturday’s 3-1 loss at fellow strugglers Southampton left them anchored to the bottom of the Premier League.

Defeat in the game dubbed El Sackico, due to the pressure on both teams’ bosses, leaves winless Rangers with just four points from 12 games and Fernandes, who has repeatedly pledged support to Hughes, dismayed.

He wrote on Twitter: “I feel gutted. I’ve put my heart and soul into this with my other shareholders. And done all we can to give support to players and all management. I can only apologise to QPR fans. Everyone including me let the fans down. Many of us need a hard look at themselves.”