Hasselbaink: We need to show guts

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink says QPR need to show some “guts” this weekend when they take on Nottingham Forest.

The R’s will be keen to get back on track following last Friday’s disappointing defeat against Brentford, and Hasselbaink told www.qpr.co.uk: “That loss was a really big disappointment for everybody.

“We never got to the level we really wanted to, that is the biggest disappointment of all.

“Now it is all about trying to put that right and being really positive, even though we are away from home.

“We want to be positive and get some self-satisfaction back. This is about showing our character and our commitment.

“We need to get back to our beliefs and our way.”

The QPR boss admits the players have been hurting since the derby loss, but he takes positives from that reaction.

“That’s good,” he explained. “It is good that they are being honest and we are being honest with them.

“In situations like this you have to be able to look each other in the eye, talk to each other and tell each other what we need from one another.

“We need solutions. This isn’t about pointing fingers, it’s about finding solutions so we can move forward.

“That starts with taking responsibility and having some guts.”

QPR’s record at the City Ground is well-documented – the R’s haven’t won there in 32 attempts – but Hasselbaink insists he has no interest in focusing on what’s been before.

“I am aware of the record but it’s not something I am thinking of,” he said.

“This is a new game that we can affect. We can’t affect the games that have been. This is the one we can affect and that is what we are trying to do.”

Hasselbaink confirmed Joel Lynch and Yeni Ngbakoto could return for the R’s, while Jack Robinson is also expected to feature after successfully coming through an hour of action against Brentford.

Meanwhile, Hasselbaink will make a late call on striker Idrissa Sylla, who picked up a knock against the Bees.

“He soldiered on but hasn’t been able to train this week,” Hasselbaink explained. “He trained by himself on Thursday and is back with the group today (Friday).”

I am aware of the record but it’s not something I am thinking of.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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