Despite two defeats on the road in the last seven days, the Tigers go into the game just six points adrift of sixth spot and Pugh knows a continuation of some fine recent home form can keep Nigel Adkins’ side well in the picture going into the international break.
“It’s a massive game against Queens Park Rangers and we know we need a win,” said Pugh, who scored his second goal in four games during the 3-2 loss at Norwich City in midweek.
“We’re six points shy at the moment and we know that Bristol City still have a game in hand, but it would be massive to get three points today.
“I’m sure QPR will make it tough for us and we need to be ready for that, but a win would be a great way for us to go into the international break with confidence and looking forward to what is to come in the last part of the season.
“I’ve not really looked at the table and thought about how many points might be needed for a play-off place because you can get bogged down and caught up looking at different permutations. You really just have to take it game by game and see where it takes us.
“We need to go out and perform in the way we know we can against QPR. Our home form has been brilliant and we seem to play with a tempo that opposing teams can’t live with. We certainly played some great football against Birmingham City in our last home game and we need to do that again on Saturday.”