Hughes: Let’s get on with it

AS­TON VILLA v QPR Kick-off 7.45pm

Midweek Sport - - TONIGHT'S PREMIER LEAGUE ACTION -

QPR boss Mark Hughes is de­lighted to put trans­fers aside and fo­cus on foot­ball – against the club he was linked with last sum­mer.

Sparky has been ham­mer­ing the phone to bol­ster his squad with Djib­ril Cisse, Ne­dum On­uoha, Taye Taiwo and Samba Di­akite.

And now he knows the play­ers he is re­ly­ing on to drag the Hoops out of rel­e­ga­tion trou­ble.

“When the win­dow closes peo­ple know ex­actly what they’ve got, what they have to work with un­til the end of the sea­son, and they can get on with it,” he said.

Madly

Hughes in­sists there was never any con­tact with Villa when Ger­ard Houl­lier left and he walked out on Ful­ham.

“As­ton Villa is a good job for any man­ager, I would sug­gest. But I was never in the frame for that,” he said.

Cur­rent Villa boss Alex Mcleish in­sists Randy Lerner’s love for the club re­mains strong – de­spite the owner tight­en­ing the purse strings.

Mcleish has been op­er­at­ing un­der a strict bud­get but said: “He’s got busi­ness and fam­ily in Amer­ica which is pre­vent­ing him from get­ting to games.

“But as far as I can see, he’s madly in love with As­ton Villa.”

Marc Al­brighton and James Collins miss out for Villa but Charles N’zog­bia is fit.

BUSY BOY: Mark Hughes

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