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JFH: IT WASN’T A CLASSIC – BUT WE KEPT BELIEVING

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20:30 20th February 2016

by @QPRFC

Gaffer speaks following Bolton draw ...

  • QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gave us his verdict, following our 1-1 Sky Bet Championship draw at Bolton Wanderers this afternoon (Saturday)
  • Rangers came from behind to earn the point
  • Matt Phillips equalised in the third minute of second-half stoppage time
WHILE QPR’s 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers wasn’t exactly a ‘classic’ encounter, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said he was pleased with his side’s reaction when falling a goal behind.

A contest of limited opportunities, it took a spectacular effort from Bolton’s Zach Clough midway through the second half to open the scoring.

However, Rangers fought back, levelling matters in the third minute of added time to earn a share of the spoils.

Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk at the full-time whistle, Hasselbaink told us: “We knew from the start that it’d be a test physically. So we had to come here and be stubborn.

“In the first half, we didn’t really create much, but in the second half, we tried to be a little bit more positive – even though it was still difficult.

“They scored a ‘worldy’ goal. At the end of the day, you’re not going to concede goals like that every week.

“What was important was the reaction after that. We kept believing that we could come back. 

“We have individuals who can make things happen. It’s a shame that we couldn’t score earlier. James Perch had an excellent chance in the second half.

“If that would have gone in, it probably would have opened the game up – we could have gone on to make it 2-0, 3-0.”

He added: “It wasn’t a classic. It was two teams trying to find their way, who couldn’t really do that. Both teams had different game plans.

“For us, now, we just want to improve – match after match. We want to make sure that we turn up every game. We want to put some foundations down.

“I think we’ve got enough creativity. We had enough creativity out on the pitch today.

“Bolton defended well, but I will say if that is the case, then our creative players need to find another niche, another space. You have to do something different.

“However, we are getting there. It’s not going to happen in one week, or in two. We are working hard but there is a lot to be done. 

“The reaction of my players after going a goal down today was good – and that’s a positive sign for me.”

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