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10:20 22nd February 2016


QPR defender Grant Hall says players are working hard to be in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s plans for next season …

  • Grant Hall says QPR players are working to prove themselves to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
  • Hall was speaking after Rangers' 1-1 draw at Bolton
  • QPR visit Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night
GRANT Hall says a lot of the QPR squad have ‘points to prove’ as they battle to show their worth to manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers left Rangers 13 points off the play-offs, and 14 points above the relegation zone. Following the match Hall told “Looking at the table now, realistically it’s about building for next season.

“We want to get as many points on the board as possible, and build from there.

“New players joined us in January and a lot of people here have got a point to prove ahead of next season – you want to be in that starting XI.

“That’s what everyone will be aiming to do during the remainder of this season, doing all they can to make sure they are in the plans for next year.”

THE MAN TO IMPRESS: Hall says players are working to prove their worth to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

The R’s came back from a goal-down at the Macron Stadium to share the points with Matt Phillips’ injury-time strike cancelling out Zach Clough’s stunning 68th-minute opener.

“It was a tough game in tough conditions, with the wind and the rain,” Hall said.

“Obviously Bolton were desperate for the points to get away from the bottom of the table but I think a draw was a fair result, and having scored so late in the game, we were pleased with the point in the end.

“I thought defensively we shut them out well, they didn’t cause us too many problems and Alex (Smithies) didn’t have to make too many saves.

“It was a worldy strike for their goal, and sometimes you just have to hold your hands up. There’s not too much you can do to stop a goal like that.

LATE LEVELLER: Matt Phillips scores QPR's equaliser at Bolton

“I thought we responded well after they scored. We showed character, and Matty did brilliantly with the goal.

“We need to keep building now, and we need to get better.”

Next up for Rangers is Tuesday night’s trip to promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls lost their first game in eight matches at the weekend, going down 1-0 at Preston.

Having picked up 17 points from their previous seven fixtures, however, Carlos Carvalhal’s men are firmly in the play-off picture, and Hall said: “They’re flying at the moment so it is going to be a very hard game, but we’ll be going their looking to pick up all three points.

“We need some wins and that’s what we will be working for tomorrow night.”

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