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HASSELBAINK WANTS CONSISTENCY FROM HIS QPR SQUAD

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11:00 11th March 2016

by @QPRFC

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink previews QPR's derby fixture with Brentford at Loftus Road ...

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JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink wants to see his players produce a greater level of consistency after their impressive 2-0 win over Derby County on Tuesday night.

The R's host Brentford at Loftus Road on Saturday, and Haselbaink told www.qpr.co.uk: “We really have to try to be consistent. We are at home again and we have to take the game to Brentford. We have to be really positive and try to play our game.”

Rangers have failed to win a London derby in 16 attempts, dating back two-and-a-half years, and on the eve of the Bees’ arrival in W12, Hasselbaink explained: “I don’t need to say a lot to the players, we realise what this match means. 

“We need to make sure we start it well, focus and are really, really ready for it.”

QPR go into the game buoyed by that victory over the fifth-placed Rams, and Hasselbaink wants his team to reproduce that display.

“You always have to go into matches with confidence that you can have a good performance but obviously this is a totally different match,” he said. “You are starting from scratch and all those things we did really well on Tuesday, we have to repeat.

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“It is a different game and there will be a different dynamic to it, and we have to adjust to that."

Brentford are experiencing a difficult run of form, losing nine of their last 12, but Hasselbaink is wary of the threat they can pose.

“They are a side that wants to play football in the same way that Derby tried, they want to get the ball from the back and pass it through,” he said.

“And they have some individual players who can do good things, so we have to make sure we get the shape and the organisation right from the start.

“You always have to respect your opponents. You look at what their strengths are and you make note of it.”

As a player Hasselbaink played in London derbies, North East derbies and Madrid derbies – a brace for Atletico in a 3-1 win at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium worthy of note – so he understands the eagerness for victory which exists in the stands.

“It’s a special match where the atmosphere will be absolutely amazing at Loftus Road,” he added. “It will hopefully hype our players up even more because this is the sort of match that everyone looks forward to.”

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Hasselbaink revealed Massimo Luongo should be available for selection after overcoming a foot injury, but centre-back Grant Hall is set for a spell on the sidelines after he suffered a foot injury at MK Dons.

“Grant is going to be out for a few weeks,” the QPR boss confirmed.

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