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Hasselbaink hails brave QPR display

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hailed his sides’ ‘brave performance,’ as Rangers claimed a deserved 1-0 victory against Bristol City at Loftus Road.

Idrissa Sylla scored the only goal of the game 15 minutes from time, as the R’s clinched a valuable win in W12.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Hasselbaink expressed his delight with the Hoops’ performance, commenting: “It was a very important win.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved it. I was very pleased with the performance. We were very brave.

“We were the better side in the first half, winning a very tight midfield battle. We won that battle, despite them asking a lot of questions of us.

“That pleased me, and from there we played, and at half-time it was just a case of encouraging the boys to keep doing what they were doing.”

He added: “Again, we were the better team in the second half – we kicked on.

“We created chances, were on the front foot and although my goalkeeper had to make a very good save at 0-0, I thought we deserved the goal when it arrived.

“They were dangerous on the break after we scored, but I thought we saw the game out comfortably in the end and certainly deserved the win.”

On match-winner Sylla, who notched his third goal in QPR colours, Hasselbaink added: “Scoring is a good habit to have.

“He is a goalscorer. He thrives on balls into the box. That’s where he can do his damage.

“But his overall display tonight was very pleasing.

“He worked really hard and he came up with a match-winning moment, which is what strikers live for.

“We want more of those moments.”

The R’s 1-0 victory extended their unbeaten run to five games in the Sky Bet Championship – but Hasselbaink is demanding more from his players.

“We’re five unbeaten, which is nice,” he said.

“We want to look upwards, but we’re only focused on the next match.

“We’ve got a tough game coming up on Saturday and our focus is now very much on Sheffield Wednesday.”

The win was Rangers’ first at Loftus Road since the opening day of the season and Hasselbaink is acutely aware of the need for the Hoops to improve their fortunes on home soil.

“Of course our home record was on the players’ minds – because we know it’s not been good enough,” he said.

“But I can tell you this – no one wants to win games at home more than myself, my staff and the players.

“We are striving to improve in front of our own supporters.

“It’s important – and it’s something we are striving for every time we play here at Loftus Road.”

I was very pleased with the performance. We were very brave.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink