Hasselbaink: 'It just wasn't to be'

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was left pondering what might have been, as Rangers succumbed to a 3-2 defeat against Barnsley at Oakwell.

Trailing 1-0 at the break, Rangers responded in the second half with two successful spot-kicks from Tjaronn Chery and Sebastian Polter to lead 2-1, only for all their hard work to go to waste, as the Tykes staged a late salvo to run out narrow victors by the odd goal in five.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Hasselbaink said: “It was very disappointing. We started poorly and they started very well.

“In the first half we didn't perform as we could. Barnsley were better and scored from a set-piece which was very disappointing.

“But to be fair, we started the second half well and scored two goals to take the lead, which I felt we deserved.

"But in the end, for one reason or another, we go away with nothing. It just wasn't to be.”

In particular, Hasselbaink felt aggrieved with Barnsley’s second and third goals, arguing that the challenge by Massimo Luongo on Conor Hourihane which led to the Tykes’ second goal, was no different to the one by Stefan Payne on Grant Hall – who later saw red – in the build up to the hosts’ winner.

He said: “It was a very soft decision for the free-kick that led to their second goal, especially when he (the referee) didn't give those kind of decisions throughout the game.

“If that is a push for their free-kick, how is it not a push on Grant Hall in the lead up to their third goal? That's what I don't understand.

“That is why the players, myself and my staff are angry and disappointed.

“I am not somebody who complains about referees but certain decisions were very tough to take. It's just ridiculous.

“The players worked hard and a chance to take something from the game was taken away by a silly decision.”

I am not somebody who complains about referees but certain decisions were very tough to take.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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