- QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gave us his verdict after our 1-1 Sky Bet Championship draw at Preston North End
- Eoin Doyle’s 92nd-minute strike spells late heartbreak for Rangers
- Seb Polter gave the R’s the lead on five minutes
JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink said he felt frustrated after a 92nd-minute equaliser denied Rangers victory at Preston North End this afternoon (Saturday).
QPR took a fifth-minute lead in the Championship clash at Deepdale, with Sebastian Polter providing the finish touch to an Ale Faurlin corner kick.
The game ebbed and flowed thereafter. However, it looked like the R’s had done enough to earn a third-straight league triumph as the full-time whistle approached.
But Preston struck in second-half stoppage time to earn a point, with substitute Eoin Doyle heading beyond Alex Smithies. It was North End’s first shot on target.
Hasselbaink told www.qpr.co.uk
: “I’m very frustrated not to have won the game. At 1-0, we had a great chance to make it 2-0 [through Tjaronn Chery, who was one-on-one with the goalkeeper]. But we still should have gone on to win.
“Preston put us under pressure in the first half, but we soaked it up. And when we had the ball, we caused them problems.
“In the second half, we did that even better. We created chances, while they didn’t.
“It’s frustrating because if you look at the whole game, we deserved the three points.”
He added: “In the closing stages, we were in control. They were desperate and put men forward. They went more direct.
“But I must say that it was a good header and cross for their goal. It was just a pity that we couldn’t hold on.”
A moment of contention arrived in the 82nd minute, with Rangers a goal to the good.
Thirty-yards out, QPR’s Chery was clean through on goal but then pulled back by Preston captain Tom Clarke.
Clarke was subsequently booked – much to the surprise of the Rangers players and coaching staff, who felt the home skipper should have seen red.
Hasselbaink said: “Today we were unfortunate, but if you look at some of the decisions that were made, the Gods were not with us.
“He pulls him back, it’s a red card. We all know the rules. It was clear-cut.”
Despite the disappointment of only drawing, Rangers have shown real signs of improvement under Hasselbaink recently, as the Championship season nears its conclusion.
While the play-offs may well be out of reach for this year at least, the QPR boss is keen for his side to continue in their progression during the remainder of the campaign.
“Our focus is to make sure we put in strong performances, “ Hasselbaink continued. “We have done that in the last three games now.”
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