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Hughes: Away form key to survival

Mark Hughes admits QPR need to improve their away form if they are to win their Barclays Premier League survival fight after going down 1-0 to West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Rangers have notched up a trio of impressive home wins over Liverpool, Arsenal and Swansea but they are without a victory away from Loftus Road since mid-November - a run of 11 games.

A 30-yard strike from Baggies midfielder Graham Dorrans midway through the second half proved decisive, and Rs boss Hughes said: "We can't just wait and think our home form will be enough (to stay up). We've talked about it and know we need to improve the away form and pick up points."

He added: "Today was an opportunity for us. We all felt that but what we produced today wasn't good enough.

"Away from home you need to do the fundamentals well and disappoint the home crowd and the team itself. Today we gave them too much encouragement and as a consequence they quite enjoyed themselves in the first half."

Baggies head coach Roy Hodgson was keen to praise Dorrans, who has struggled with injuries during the past 12 months.

He said: "It was a marvellous strike and Graham Dorrans deserves a lot of credit.

"After such a long period of time out, a season which has been interspersed with injuries, it has been a fine week for him.

"He did well against Blackburn, he was one of our better players against Manchester City, and he settles this game for us.

"We are delighted with him."

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