New QPR manager Mark Hughes admits he is planning to make changes to his team for Tuesday night’s FA Cup third round replay with MK Dons (QPR 4/5, draw 13/5, MK Dons 10/3 – Match Betting).
Only a late goal by Heidar Helguson saved the Premier League side from going out at Stadium:MK to their League One opponents, but the statistics show it is still 11 years since QPR won a game in the FA Cup.
Hughes was appointed as the successor to Neil Warnock last week and saw his side go down 1-0 at Newcastle on Sunday in his first game in charge (QPR 6/4 – To Be Relegated).
Now the former Fulham boss, who won the FA Cup with both Manchester United and Chelsea as a player, is planning to give run-outs to players who did not feature on Sunday as he prepares for QPR’s second match in quick succession.
“It’ll give me a chance to look at players that didn’t get a chance to influence the [Newcastle] game,” said Hughes.
“There won’t be as many changes as people might think though. I always treat the FA Cup with respect – it’s a competition that’s been good to me.”
MK Dons had the weekend off after their game with Carlisle at Stadium:MK was postponed due to a frozen pitch, meaning they have not played since the first leg.