- JFH delighted with derby day victory
- Rangers eased to 3-0 win over Brentford at Loftus Road
- Hasselbaink pays tribute to fantastic ‘twelfth man’
JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink was pleased to see his side ‘prove a point’ on west London derby day, as the R’s eased to a convincing 3-0 victory over Brentford at Loftus Road.
The win was Rangers’ first in 17 attempts against London opposition, following hot-on-the-heels of an instantly forgettable showing against Fulham a month ago.
A delighted Hasselbaink told www.qpr.co.uk
: "It was a really dominant performance.
"We were organised, we showed quality and we were very, very impressive in parts.
"I was just as pleased with our performance without the ball as with it. That shows me we are making progress and that the boys are taking everything on board.
"It was a great win – a great win for the fans of this football club.”
He added: "We had a point to prove to ourselves after Fulham.
"We spoke about it at length and we were all so determined to put things right.
"We knew how important this game was for the fans, for the owners, for everyone connected to the club – but it was just as important to the players.
"You could feel the energy of the boys and the energy from the stands.
"The fans were our twelfth man – they pushed the team forward.
"I was very happy with the application of the players and the fans.”
Junior Hoilett’s sublime solo goal gave Rangers a 1-0 lead at the break, before two second half goals in a five-minute purple patch from Sebastian Polter and Tjaronn Chery rounded off a superb showing from the Hoops.
"We scored three lovely goals,” said Hasselbaink.
"Junior's was a wonderful finish. He is really performing well, with and without the ball.
"His work-rate today gave him and the team the platform to score the goals.
"Polter deserved his goal – it was a lovely pass and a good finish.
"Chery is enjoying himself in that role he is playing and he took his goal superbly.
“It was a really good day for us.”
Despite the impressive performance and victory, Hasselbaink readily acknowledged that the hard work is still very much ahead for his charges.
"It's been a good week for us at Loftus Road, but we still have so much more to do,” he said.
"We were fired today up and that really came across in our performance.
"But we need to keep improving. We need to keep getting better. But that will take time.
"We want to finish the season as strong as possible – and that is the challenge.”
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