- QPR visit Bolton Wanderers this weekend
- Conor Washington fit, but game too soon for Ale Faurlin
- Jack Robinson close to making QPR debut
JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink admits he is still hurting after last weekend’s defeat to Fulham, and has called on his players to ‘get back on track’ when they visit Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
As the QPR boss gets his troops ready for the trip to the Macron Stadium, he told www.qpr.co.uk
: “The Fulham game still hurts, it’s not a good feeling.
“You want to play as quick as possible after that but we have had time to sit, look and talk about it. We need the right reaction now on Saturday. We owe the fans that and we owe ourselves that, because everyone was very disappointed.
“Whatever you say about these players, they want the best, they want to win, they want to do well. They are not going on the pitch saying they are not going to work today. They want to do it right.
“That match was the biggest disappointment for me since I have been here. We have taken a lot of good steps forward, but last weekend we took two steps back.
“We need to stay together now and make sure we take steps forward again, like we have been.”
AFTER A REACTION: Hasselbaink wants to see QPR get back on track at Bolton
This week saw the departure of Yun Suk-Young, who has joined Charlton on loan until the end of the season. With the 26 year-old’s contract up in the summer, Hasselbaink explained a decision needed to be made.
“Yun was injured when I came in and has had a long track back to fitness,” said the R’s boss. “At the moment he can’t get into the team and he has asked to play games because his contract is finishing, so we have let him go to play.
“He has been at the club for a long time and I had to make the decision, and I made the decision for him to go and play football at Charlton.”
Looking ahead to this weekend’s trip to bottom-of-the-table Bolton, Hasselbaink knows his side will be coming up against a team scrapping for their Championship status.
Having picked up seven points from their last four fixtures – including back-to-back league wins at home – Neil Lennon’s men are certainly showing appetite for the battle ahead, and Hasselbaink added: “Bolton are fighting. You know it is going to be a hard game. They have got good players who are going to give us a game. They want to stay in this league.
“With all their problems, they are playing for each other and giving their all. We need to be aware of that and be sure that we give our all and do ourselves justice.
FIT AND READY: Conor Washington is available this weekend after sub appearance against Fulham
“They are going to be prepared to go to the limits. It’s about us staying calm, playing football, keeping the ball, and trying to create.
“We want to get back on that track where we were hard to beat, creating chances and enjoying our football and the work we were doing. That’s where we want to get back to.”
Hasselbaink confirmed Conor Washington is now back to full fitness following the ankle injury he sustained against Ipswich, but the game has come too soon for midfielder Ale Faurlin, who is out with a thigh strain.
Meanwhile, Jack Robinson is edging ever closer to his debut for the R’s after 11 months out with a knee injury.
“Conor is fit and ready to go, but Saturday is a little too early for Ale,” Hasselbaink said.
“Jack is getting closer and closer. We can’t wait until he is fully fit and able to show us and the fans what he’s got. We have got high hopes for him.”
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