Hasselbaink: 'We were second best'

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bemoaned a below par display from his side, as the R’s succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at home to Preston North End.

Rangers were second-best throughout the 90 minutes, as Paul Gallagher and a Nedum Onuoha own goal handed the visitors their first points of the season.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Hasselbaink admitted his side just didn’t get going, commenting: “It's a really disappointing result – our performance just wasn't there today.

“We weren't anywhere near our best. We looked flat and we deserved to lose the game.

“Preston set their stall out and had a way of playing that we found difficult to respond to. Credit to them.

“There was a lack of energy in our performance.

“We were second best throughout the game.

“We didn't create chances because we weren't calm enough on the ball. We were very nervous for some reason. We lacked patience.”

After back-to-back league wins at the start of the season, the R’s have now suffered back-to-back defeats and Hasselbaink is demanding a response against Rochdale in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.

“The players know the last two performances haven't been good enough,” he said.

“Conceding five goals in two games isn't good enough and we need to make sure we respond to this.

“But we don't get too high when we win and we don't get too low when we lose. We will regroup and go again on Tuesday.

“We have to be strong and go again.”

We looked flat and we deserved to lose the game.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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