JFH thanks fans after Blues draw

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink praised both his players and the R’s fans following today’s 1-1 draw against Birmingham City at Loftus Road.

Steven Caulker’s header just before half-time cancelled out Lukas Jutkiewicz’s 23rd minute goal, as honours ended even in W12.

But in truth, Rangers were dominant in the second period and probably deserved more for their efforts, as Hasselbaink acknowledged.

"It was a very good performance,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.

"We wanted more and deserved more but I can't fault the players.

"We dominated the game, especially in the second half.

"The application of the players and the way we moved the ball about was good and very pleasing to see.

"We need to improve and today was a small step. I was encouraged by what I saw from an energetic performance.”

He added: "Their goal didn't affect us. We responded well, played from the right platform and got the equaliser.

"On another day, we would have won the game, but I can't fault the players.”

Hasselbaink concluded by praising the Hoops faithful, who – despite seeing their side trail – backed the home side throughout the 90 minutes, creating a fantastic atmosphere at Loftus Road.

"I thought the fans were absolutely magnificent today,” said the R’s gaffer.

"There was a real togetherness around the stadium and they drove us on throughout the game.

"I want to thank them for their support today – it was fantastic – and we all really appreciate it.”

We wanted more and deserved more but I can't fault the players

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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