Richard Dunne is hoping he can get somewhere close to the 48 appearances he made for QPR last season - and after starting against Hull hopes he will keep his shirt for next week’s away derby at Tottenham.

The central defender, 35 next month, lined up alongside a brand new pair of centre-backs in Steven Caulker and Rio Ferdinand, but Rangers were undone by a set-piece from a corner and had to suffer Charlie Austin missing his first penalty for Rangers.

“To give a goal like that, it’s cheap,” said the Irishman. “But we created a few chances especially towards the end. The game opened up a bit when they scored, but as whole team we felt fairly comfortable.

“Rio? He brings a winning mentality to the team, and Charlie is disappointed, but he’s one of the main reasons we got there.

“Me, I want to play as many as possible, but you need competition, and we’ve got a good combination among the five centre halves whoever plays.”