• Premier League

QPR 'letting fans down', says owner

ESPN staff
November 18, 2012
Mark Hughes faces questions about his future © PA Photos

QPR owner Tony Fernandes has apologised to the club's fans as their dismal start to the season continued with a 3-1 loss to Southampton.

The defeat at Loftus Road leaves QPR stranded at the bottom of the Premier League table and still without a win this term. Junior Hoilett scored in the first half for the home side, but goals to Rickie Lambert, Jason Puncheon and an Anton Ferdinand own-goal handed the Saints victory.

Fernandes has backed manager Mark Hughes amid widespread criticism in recent weeks, but on Saturday evening the airline owner took to Twitter to express his disappointment with the club's predicament.

"I feel gutted," he tweeted. "I have put my heart and soul into this with my other shareholders and done all we can to give support to players and all management.

"I can only apologise to the QPR fans. We keep fighting. Let me tell you fans come first. Everyone including me let the fans down. Many of us need a hard look at themselves. QPR has amazing fans. They deserve better."

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