QPR boss Hughes pleased for Mackie over Blackburn goals

QPR boss Mark Hughes was happy for Jamie Mackie over his goal scoring performance in defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

QPR boss Mark Hughes was happy for Jamie Mackie over his goal scoring performance in defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

It was Mackie who made an impact yesterday, though, and Hughes saluted the efforts of the Scotland frontman, who had broken his leg at the same ground in an FA Cup tie last season.

"It was important for the boy," Hughes said. "It was a bad time for him, but he has come through and been great - he has actually been unlucky not to be in the side.

"I thought when he came on that we needed his energy and willingness to try to affect the game and for him to try to get around people, and that is what he did.

"In my eyes, he has done his prospects no harm whatsoever. Maybe some of the other players, certainly in the first half, didn't do that - although in the second half, I can't really fault the effort, desire and belief to try to get something out of the game.

"You can't give yourself that much to do, though."

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