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Mark Hughes put out a team that was questionable to say the least. Playing players out of position, starting those who had been mediocre in recent games and dropping those who could actually make a difference.
Hughes still seems to be trying to find the best formation, and the best starting lineup that he has available to him at QPR, but what we learned from the game against West Ham is that this wasn't it.
Hughes seems to be choosing players on sentimental value, rather than on merit and recent performances. Shaun Wright-Phillips, Djibril Cisse and Nedem Onuoha have all been below par the past few weeks, and perhaps these three should have started sat on the bench, rather than on the pitch.
In the case of Onuoha, we can perhaps forgive Hughes, as his back line is stretched due to injuries, but Wright-Phillips has done nothing—well, not nothing, he has run pretty fast—so far this season, and Cisse, although it pains me to say it, has not looked on song at all.
Hughes needs to start thinking about what is right for the team. A manager has to be ruled by technical and tactical decisions, not simply by who his favorites are.