FOR the second weekend in a row, boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink leads his QPR charges into battle against one of his former clubs, as the Hoops head to the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.
Following last Sunday’s 3-0 win against Leeds United, Hasselbaink returns to South Wales this weekend for a clash against Cardiff City, for whom he made 44 appearances at the end of his distinguished playing career.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk ahead of the clash, the R’s gaffer predicted a tough encounter against the Bluebirds.
"It is what it is,” he said, “it's going to be tough for different reasons to the two games before it.
"They're a good side and it will be a difficult game, as they all are in this division.
"They play similar to Swindon in terms of their tactics.
"We will have to really work hard off the ball, as well as on it.
"We need to really learn from the two performances so far and make sure our attitude and mentality are right. That is the key when you play away from home.”
Whilst expressing his delight at the Hoops’ opening day display against Leeds last weekend, Hasselbaink was far from satisfied with the R’s level of performance in our EFL Cup victory versus Swindon in midweek – but was pleased to see his side maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
"I think you take every win, however they come,” the 44-year-old said.
"At the start of the tie, I wanted us to get the job done and we did that by winning the game – albeit on penalties – and progressing into the next round.
"For the mental state, we're heading into the weekend with two wins and an unbeaten start – and that can only be good for us.”