QPR boss Hughes explains Taarabt omission - again
With midfielders Ali Faurlin and Esteban Granero short of fitness and unable to last 90 minutes, Hughes felt he needed to provide sufficient cover on the bench.
"We've got a lot of guys in the squad and everybody's fit at the moment so it's difficult to fit everybody on the bench," said the Rangers boss.
"We had legislate for the fact that we had two guys in the middle of the park that might have to be changed, so I had to cover myself in that regard.
"Unfortunately they didn't make the bench but that's healthy because it shows we've got more strength in depth in the squad than we did last year."