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JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink felt a point was the least QPR deserved after battling back from 2-0 down to claim a deserved share of the spoils against 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion.

Rangers were ‘unlucky’ not to be ahead at half-time but two goals in as many minutes after the re-start dramatically swung the encounter firmly in Albion’s favour.  

Hasselbaink’s side reduced the deficit thanks to Charlie Austin and, after Lewis Dunk saw red for the visitors, the R’s number nine delivered again with an 88th-minute equaliser.

The R’s could’ve won it late on, but Matty Phillips’ stunning effort shaved the post in added time.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, the R’s gaffer said: “I’ve got mixed feelings after that, but in general I am happy.

“Happy with the performance for the majority and happy with the abundance of quality and character I saw from my players.

“I thought we deserved all three points, but I can’t fault the players for responding as they did at two-nil down.

“We’ve got an abundance of character and we’re going to need that. It’s now about working on the belief and getting them together.

“If we start to believe, we can go from strength to strength.”

After being the R’s hero once again, Hasselbaink acknowledged the importance of Austin to his side, but also heaped praise on his team-mates, commenting: “Charlie’s very important, but so are all the others.

“They need to support him and he needs to be with them. But of course it’s very important to have a goalscorer.

“What impressed me tonight though was his overall performance. The things people probably won’t remember, like his work-rate and his attitude. That’s what’s pleasing.”

James Perch hobbled off in the 14th minute with a suspected knee injury and Hasselbaink gave a brief update to the waiting press, commenting: “We will have to see how Perch is.

“He isn’t the kind of player to come off unless he really has to, so we will have to wait and see over the next couple of days and take it from there.”

Hasselbaink’s final words were saved for the R’s supporters, who ‘gave us everything.’

He said: “I can’t thank our supporters enough.

“They gave us everything and the atmosphere was really something special.

“We are QPR – we are a proud club and we are together.”

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