Hasselbaink: We must play at a high tempo

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink says his team need to play on the front foot from the opening whistle when they host Blackburn Rovers at Loftus Road this weekend.

Owen Coyle’s side are bottom of the Championship table after five games, but the QPR boss says that fact only serves to make the game more difficult for his team.

“I think there is a little bit more pressure on us because of where they are,” Hasselbaink told www.qpr.co.uk.

“That makes it a harder game. You have to make sure you are right and you have to be patient. You have to stick with what you believe in, respect them, not under-estimate them and play at a high tempo from minute one.

“We want to show them we mean business.”

During the summer window, Coyle made a number of additions, bringing in Charlie Mulgrew from Celtic, Liam Feeney from Bolton and Derrick Williams from Bristol City on permanent deals. Meanwhile, Marvin Emnes (Swansea), Stephen Hendrie (West Ham), Tommy Hoban (Watford), Jack Byrne (Man City), Martin Samuelsen (West Ham) and Sam Gallagher (Southampton) have joined on loan.

“They have made some good signings, and we expect them to be really up for it,” Hasselbaink added. “They had a really good game against Fulham, and they were very unlucky.”

Rovers lost 1-0 to the high-flying Cottagers on their last outing, conceding in injury time. Despite the result, they will surely have been buoyed by what many regarded as a more-improved performance.

Hasselbaink takes his men into this weekend’s fixture grateful for the recent break in what is a hectic Championship calendar. It has allowed him the opportunity to welcome two new faces, with Idrissa Sylla and Pawel Wszolek joining in the closing stages of the summer transfer window.

“On the one hand we wanted to keep playing matches,” the R’s chief said, “but on the other hand we needed time for those signings to come in.”

Sylla and Wszolek only arrived at Harlington on Thursday, following international duty with Guinea and Poland respectively.

Hasselbaink has confirmed Sylla will feature this weekend, but Wszolek will be forced to wait for his QPR debut as he serves a one-game suspension.

Luongo is another R’s player who was away on international duty during the break, representing Australia in Perth and the UAE.

“We will have to have a look at him, but he is available,” Hasselbaink said. “We will assess him and see what the best team is.”

Ahead of the R’s first of seven games in 21 days, Hasselbaink has urged the club’s supporters to get behind the players, particularly the younger members of his squad.

“The fans need to support all our players at all times, but the young ones need that extra bit of warmth and feeling,” he said.

“We want fans to give them confidence so they can express themselves on the pitch.

“We can’t wait for the game. We are working to make sure we are ready, and we are looking forward to seeing all our fans.”

We want to show them we mean business.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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