JFH on draw with Burton Albion

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink praised his side's character after Rangers came from behind to draw 1-1 against Burton Albion – but felt the R’s deserved more.

Trailing to Jamie Ward’s 58th minute goal, the visitors responded in positive fashion, equalising through substitute Sebastian Polter, who shock off a knock from the weekend to be deemed fit enough to feature from the bench.

Polter twice went close late on as the Hoops went in search of a winner, but Rangers were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

Hasselbaink told www.qpr.co.uk: “I think it's two points dropped. I felt we deserved all three but it wasn't to be tonight.

“The reaction to going a goal down was positive. That shows character.

“What frustrates me is that we are having to come from behind – and that needs to improve.”

He added: “It was a bitty game really.

“I was pleased with how we pressed the game early on. The tempo was good, but it can be better.

“We battled well and created chances in the first half that we should have taken.

“I felt we were in control at 0-0 at half time. They made it difficult at times but we should have made more of our quality in the final third.

“Their goal came at a time when we were on top, but the game swung on a massive decision 60 seconds before.”

Hasselbaink was referring to an incident that occurred less than a minute before Burton opened the scoring, when Ben Turner – already on a booking – upended Pawel Wszolek, but somehow escaped a second yellow card, despite the fourth official admitting to the R’s boss that the challenge was worthy of a booking and a subsequent red card.

Hasselbaink added: “I didn't see their goal coming because we were on top at that moment.

“I still don't know why Turner was not sent off for a second yellow card. It was a blatant booking and the fourth official said as much. It was a big moment because a minute later they scored.

“But the character and the attitude pleased me after that. We didn’t feel sorry for ourselves and we got the goal back.

“Seb took it well. He came on and did very well, especially because he had to play with painkillers after picking up an injury on Saturday.

“At that stage, I expected us to go on and win the game though.

“We had some half chances but we couldn’t get the breakthrough and that’s frustrating.”

There was some bad news at the full-time whistle, however, with Hasselbaink confirmed Jake Bidwell is set for an extended period on the sidelines owing to an injury sustained late on in the second half.

The R’s gaffer confirmed: “Jake will have a scan tonight, but it doesn’t look good.

“It looks like he's dislocated his shoulder and we’re going to be without him for a while, which is very disappointing.”

We had some half chances but we couldn’t get the breakthrough and that’s frustrating.

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