JFH's Nottingham Forest defeat verdict

RANGERS' wait for a first City Ground victory goes on – but boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was pleased with his side’s fightback following our 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.

After a first half to forget for Hasselbaink's charges – with Karl Henry dismissed for a second yellow card in the 34th minute, and Britt Assombalonga giving Forest the lead four minutes later – 10-man QPR battled back after the break to earn a point.

Substitutes Nasser El Khayati and Idrissa Sylla combined for the latter to head home five minutes from time.

Forest also had to play the final minutes with 10 men, following Hildeberto Pereira's 71st-minute sending off.

Despite Rangers now being winless at Forest in 33 attempts, Hasselbaink told www.qpr.co.uk: “I think we deserved the victory in the end.

“We played with a lot of courage, a lot of togetherness. We passed the ball and we made them go backwards.

“I think we were the better team come the end, and I feel sorry for the boys that we didn’t get the win. It was unfortunate.

“We came in at half-time, we talked to each other and, tactically, we made sure we were right.

“Everyone had to give a little bit more because we were a man light. But we did.”

Hasselbaink added: “Nasser [El Khayati] has had a difficult time of late. But I was so happy for him that he was able to come on and make a difference.

“And we know what Sylla wants – he wants crosses into the box. His movement is very good.

“But all the boys did well. Jack Robinson made only his third appearance in 18 months and did magnificently.

“Our fans were here in their numbers and we have an obligation to give our all – to work hard for that shirt.

“We definitely did that today.”

I think we were the better team come the end.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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