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17:00 26th February 2016


QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink eager to turn draws into wins as he previews Birmingham clash …

  • Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink keen to turn draws into wins
  • QPR host Birmingham City at Loftus Road on Saturday
  • Ale Faurlin available after overcoming thigh injury
JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink says QPR need to progress from a team that is hard to beat, to one that beats teams.

Rangers have only lost once in their last eight outings, but have collected two victories from that same set of fixtures.

And as Hasselbaink gets his troops ready for the arrival of Birmingham City this weekend, he told “We have become hard to beat, and that is important because that is your base.

“Do we want to score more goals and win more games? Of course. I must say we have been a little bit unlucky in some games, and lucky in others.

TOUGH TO BEAT: Hasselbaink's QPR have only lost one of their last eight fixtures

“One loss in eight is not a bad statistic, but you want to have more wins in those eight. In that way, it can always be better.”

The Blues currently find themselves seventh in the league table, three points outside the playoffs with a game in hand.

Hasselbaink replaced St Andrews boss Gary Rowett when he left Burton Albion for Birmingham, and the QPR boss is a big admirer of his opposing number.

“Gary has done a very good,” Hasselbaink said. “He is somebody I know quite well, somebody who helped me quite a lot in the Burton job, helping me loan players.

“He is somebody I have always kept in touch with, and he has done a magnificent job with the budget he has.” 

OPPOSING NUMBER: Hasselbaink is a big admirer of Birmingham boss Gary Rowett

After a tenth-placed finish last term – Birmingham were in the bottom three when Rowett arrived in October 2014 – they are genuine contenders for a top-six finish this season.

“They will be hard to beat,” Hasselbaink said. “They will be solid, organised and hard to break down. They will be dangerous too.”

Rowett’s men have had a mixed set of recent results, winning three, drawing three and losing two. During those eight games, however, they have kept five clean sheets.

“They don’t concede many because they get behind the ball quickly as a unit, as a team,” Hasselbaink explained. “It is very hard to get behind them. They defend very well as a group because they are so well organised.”

So how do QPR get the better of them on Saturday at Loftus Road?

“We will have to be creative, patient, have good link-play in the final third, and play at a high tempo,” Hasselbaink said.

“That is important, we need to play with a high tempo. We are back at home and we know all about our last match at home. We want to give the fans something to be happy with.”

Hasselbaink confirmed Ale Faurlin has overcome the thigh injury which has kept him out of the last three fixtures, explaining: “He is back. He is part of the squad and available for selection.”

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