Oct 8 2012 By Jacob Murtagh
CLINT Hill admits QPR only have themselves to blame for their miserable start to the season.
Saturday's 3-2 defeat at West Brom left them rooted to the foot of the table with just two points on the board from their opening seven games heading into the international break.
Pressure has mounted on under-fire boss Mark Hughes, but chairman Tony Fernandes insists it will take time for the new-look R's to find their feet, while Rangers have also been hampered by injury problems in defence.
But veteran Hill insists QPR must do better.
“I don't like using that as an excuse,” he said. “Everyone plays football no matter what league, language or country you come from.
“There's still the same white lines, ball, a goal and 11 men. It's very frustrating because if you look at the team on paper you think we should be higher.
“We're surprised where we are, but there's no given right that we should be any higher. The league doesn't lie.
“We haven't performed to anything like the standards we set in pre-season. I don't know why that is – it's just not going for us. All we can do is regroup and go again.”
The Baggies raced into an early 2-0 lead at the Hawthorns as Rangers returned south empty-handed again despite a late fightback.
And the former Crystal Palace man admits they gave themselves a mountain to climb after a first-half horror-show.
“It's massively disappointing,” he said. “Obviously the first 25-30 minutes pretty much sealed our fate.
“People didn't pick up properly and we got punished for it. Once again we're feeling like it's our own fault again.
“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb. The lads came out second-half and played really well, but we couldn't get that final goal we needed.
“The higher you go the more you get punished for individual errors and mistakes. As soon as we cut them out then I think we might start getting decent results.”
Hill was forced to play out of position at left-back again and was given a torrid time before he was replaced at the break by Armand Traore.
He added: “I've got to that age now where I know my limits. I've been punished a few times because my legs won't get there at this time in my career.
“I'm trying to do a job because we've had a few injuries with Fabio and Armand. He's come back in so hopefully he'll be fine now."
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