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Hughes backs Park to prove credentials

Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes has defended captain Ji-Sung Park as he prepares for one of the most critical games of his Loftus Road tenure against Everton.

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Hughes packed his side with marquee signings during the summer in a bid to help establish QPR in the upper echelons of the Premier League, but they have struggled to gel and the club currently sit bottom of the table after seven games.

The Welshman has come under fire from fans and the media and while Rs owner Tony Fernandes has continued to back him, a failure to win at home to Everton on Sunday would land another blow to the chances of Hughes remaining in the hotseat.

Club captain Park, who arrived from Manchester United in July, is one of a number of players perceived to only be at Loftus Road for the pay cheque rather than the club, but Hughes has spoken out to back the South Korea star.

"He's a good player and his experience will be invaluable," Hughes told the Fulham Chronicle. "In the last couple of years he hasn't had a run of games and that can get a lot of getting used to.

"He's a good character around the group and that's one of the reasons I gave him the armband. He just needs to get into the rhythm and continuity of playing that he hasn't had up to now. Once he has that, it will help his form and his impact on games."

Hughes also insists QPR will be a completely different proposition once the team settles, adding: "My teams have been invariably stronger in the second half of the season and it's what we're working towards on a daily basis."

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