Hughes defends QPR keeper Julio Cesar over 'unfair' criticism
QPR manager Mark Hughes has defended goalkeeper Julio Cesar after he was criticised in some quarters following a 'mistake' in the club's fixture with West Ham on Monday.
Julio Cesar, 33, conceded twice against the Hammers, but also produced some excellent saves, just as he has in all his matches in England thus far - frustrating both Chelsea and Tottenham.
Hughes, though, insists there was little the Brazilian could do to prevent either of the West Ham goals at Loftus road.
He told reporters on Friday: "I’m surprised he [Julio] was criticised. He has been excellent. One of the goals the other night was deflected past him and there was not a great deal he could do. The other one was poor defending, even before it came to the lad’s head and it went across and in at the far post.
"I’ve been delighted with Julio. He’s a very strong character and knows what’s required. He has been an asset since he has come to the club and will get stronger as he understands his back four. He has not had the same back four, so that has an impact."'