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HASSELBAINK ON READING DRAW

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink gave his views to www.qpr.co.uk following today’s 1-1 draw against Reading at Loftus Road.

Grant Hall handed Rangers a 35th minute lead with a fine looping header, only for the visitors to level matters just six minutes later through Deniss Rakels.

Speaking following the 1-1 stalemate, Hasselbaink said: “We did okay. It was an okay performance.

“We couldn't really get a foothold in the game, they couldn't get a foothold. We made mistakes, they made mistakes.

“We had spells, but we didn't have a long enough spell where the chances were flowing.

“We scored a good goal from a corner, with Grant climbing tall to head home, but conceding so soon after was a disappointment.

“We lost our focus and our intensity dropped. It was a sloppy goal to concede.

“But we picked it up after the break and created some good opportunities - but it just wasn't meant to be today.”

He added: “They are a good team who will always cause problems at some stage during the game, which they did today.

“I was pleased with our work-rate but there wasn't much intensity in the game, which sometimes happens at this stage of the season.”

Hasselbaink handed a full league debut to Cole Kpekawa in W12, whilst fellow prospects Matt Ingram and Ben Gladwin were also given starts in a youthful Rangers line-up.

The R’s boss said: “We have got some younger players who need minutes and experience ahead of next season.

“We gave some a feel of what it's like to play at Loftus Road today, and that will stand them in good stead.

“This club has always been about giving young players an opportunity and we intend to do that in the future.

“It's important to try and find a balance, but I thought Cole and Ben did well - and Matt again showed what he’s about in goal.”