Hasselbaink: We want to be a force at Loftus Road

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink has urged his players to make Loftus Road a ground where opposition teams fear to tread.

The QPR boss saw his charges beat Leeds United 3-0 in W12 on the opening day, and then follow that up with League Cup success against Swindon Town.

After two games on the road, the R’s are back in west London tomorrow (Saturday), and Hasselbaink wants to see his team show consistency in how they play.

“We are working really hard to have that consistency, especially at home,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “We want to be a force. We want there to be nothing to get for our opposition at Loftus Road. If we can get that right, that would be a big step for us in the right way.”

Following the disappointment of a 3-2 defeat at Barnsley on Wednesday night, Hasselbaink will be keen to see his players get back to winning ways against the Lilywhites.

While Simon Grayson’s side haven’t made a great start to the 2016/17 campaign – they are pointless after three games – the R’s chief knows his men will be in for a hard afternoon’s work.

“I saw them against Derby and I thought they were unlucky to lose in the last minute,” Hasselbaink said of Preston’s 1-0 loss at Deepdale on Tuesday night.

“They are very good going forward, and they do not have one set way in how they attack. They are free in the midfield – sometimes the right midfielder pops up on the left, and the other way around, sometimes in the middle, so we have to be on our game and be concentrated.

“I am sure it will be another tough game.”

Hasselbaink will be forced to make changes to his side for the visit of Preston, as Grant Hall’s red card at Oakwell will see him serve a one-match ban.

Joel Lynch is unavailable with an abdominal injury while Ben Gladwin is a doubt with an ankle problem.

“Consistency (in team selection) is a big factor, but I don’t have a lot of options to change,” Hasselbaink added.

“The squad is not as full yet as we would want. But on the other hand, it is not just about getting bodies in – it’s about getting the right people in. We want to bring the right characters in who are going to make us stronger and give the club a better future.

“The games are coming thick and fast and we have to make sure our energy levels are right and that whoever plays is ready.

“In the last three league games we haven’t changed that much, and that will be more or less the same for tomorrow.”

Consistency (in team selection) is a big factor, but I don’t have a lot of options to change.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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