QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is expecting a ‘high-tempo’ clash, when Rangers lock horns with his former club Burton Albion in the Sky Bet Championship tonight.
Buoyed by an improved performance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham City, Hasselbaink is challenging his players to go one better and take all three points from the R’s visit to the Pirelli Stadium.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk ahead of the trip to his old stomping ground, Hasselbaink said: “What Burton want out of their season, is very different to what we want – but they've made a good start in general.
“Their last four fixtures have been tough, but prior to that they've picked up two wins at home, against Derby and Sheffield Wednesday, so they will be encouraged by that.
“It won't be an easy game. They are a high-tempo team who like to play at their full capacity when they're on the ball.
“They work very hard for each other and we will have to be at our best to get a positive result.”
Hasselbaink was encouraged by his sides’ display against Birmingham on Saturday and is demanding more of the same this evening, versus a Burton side who – like Rangers – have failed to register a victory in their last four league outings.
“The quality of our overall play was good on Saturday,” he said.
“We just need to find that little bit of added quality in the final third to make sure we're rewarded for our efforts over the course of the 90 minutes.
“I'm sure the goals will come if we keep producing the quality we are capable of.”
He added: "This will be a different kind of match to Saturday.
“First things first, we need to show energy and commitment, but also that organisation and determination to stamp our authority on the game and produce a good performance.
“If we do that, then I am confident that we can get a positive result.”
Sebastian Polter (foot) and Jordan Cousins (hamstring) will both face late fitness tests ahead of the clash, whilst Ben Gladwin (ankle) and James Perch (knee) remain sidelined.
Hasselbaink added: “Injuries happen, but there's no time to dwell on them and cry about them – it's part and parcel of the game.
“I've got a squad of players who I believe in and who I will use throughout the season, so everyone needs to be ready when called upon.”
Tonight’s match will be the second time Hasselbaink has returned to the Pirelli since leaving last year – he recently visited in a pre-season friendly which ended in a 1-1 draw.
He added: “I look forward to all the games, so this is no different in that respect, but it will be nice to go back to Burton.
“It will be good to see a few familiar faces again, but there are three points at stake and that is my only focus.
“Hopefully we can do enough to bring the three points back to West London.”