Hasselbaink: 'It wasn't to be today'

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink felt his Rangers side deserved more than the point they picked up in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers at Loftus Road.

After Tjaronn Chery put the hosts in front with a stunning free-kick on 65 minutes, Sam Gallagher drew the hosts level eight minutes later.

In truth, both sides had opportunities to win it late on, but Jason Steele in the Rovers goal was by far the busier of the two keepers, denying R’s debutant Idrissa Sylla in the dying moments.

Hasselbaink told www.qpr.co.uk: “I’m not happy with the point, but I can’t fault the players too much.

“I thought we were good, the better team, and created a lot of chances in the second half.

“On another day, I think we would have won the game, but it wasn’t meant to be today.”

He added: “It is what it is – their goalkeeper had a very good game.

“We forced him to make a number of good saves and that’s a positive.

“Sometimes you have to credit the goalkeeper and today he made a number of fine saves to deny us.”

On Chery’s wondergoal from a 30-yard free-kick, Hasselbaink said: “Tjaronn is a very confident lad.

“He practices those set-pieces all the time and today he managed to score one – and it was a fantastic strike.

“I hoped it would be the goal that won the game, but it wasn’t to be.”

The R’s gaffer was disappointed with the manner in which the R’s conceded to Rovers, adding: “Their goal disappointed me.

“It was a second phase goal and it’s not like us to switch off from second phases.

“But we won’t dwell on it, we’ll take the positives, and move on to Tuesday night now.

“There’s another three points at stake and we’ll make sure we are as prepared as we possibly can be for the game.”

Hasselbaink confirmed Sebastian Polter was withdrawn at half-time as a precaution and will be assessed in the coming days, whilst Massimo Luongo missed out owing to illness.

We won’t dwell on it, we’ll take the positives, and move on to Tuesday night now.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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