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Blackburn 1-1 QPR: Hasselbaink pleased with Rs’ display in away draw

PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 January 2016 | UPDATED: 00:55 19 January 2016

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink looks on

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink looks on

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QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink insists there were “lots of positives” to take from his side’s performance at Blackburn, despite seeing them concede another late goal on Tuesday night with their winless run now stretching to eight games.

Hope Akpan struck five minutes from time to cancel out Leroy Fer’s first-half opener, as the Rs were forced to settle for a point after throwing away victory from a seemingly comfortable position.

More worringly Rangers have squandered the lead in half of the games Hasselbaink has been in charge of since taking over the reins from Chris Ramsey last month at Loftus Road.

But he was full of praise for his team after the game saying: “I’m very happy with the team performance, the commitment and organisation.

“We looked compact and solid. If we keep performing like this then the win will come.” The result leaves Rangers 17th in the Championship, and 13 points off the play-offs, with a push for promotion now looking very unlikely heading into the final few months of the season.

The former Burton Albion boss recently stressed that promotion should not even be on the club’s mind, but instead focusing on improving the team and performances.

Hasselbaink says a mere lapse in concentration was the only thing that stopped his side taking away maximum points from their trip to Ewood Park.

“You always have to defend properly and keep your focus,” he said.

“At that moment the ball bounced a little bit too much for my liking and we forgot our focus a little bit. Fair play to them, they took full advantage. But we could have defended it better.

“We had a man on the line but it went into the smallest of gaps.

“They used the throw-in and the long ball into the box a lot and for the majority of the time we dealt with it.

“But if you lose focus at this level then you are punished. “

The 43-year-old reserved special praise for Sebastian Polter, who produced his best performance to date for the club at Blackburn, leading the line admirably in the absence of Charlie Austin in the 1-1 draw.

“He’s a handful, and there’s a lot more to come,” insisted Hasselbaink.

“He’s learning and he’s getting better, but we want him at times to be a bit more selfish and thinking more about himself in the box.

“He also needs to be more clinical in certain situations. He has been scoring recently, but at the same time he could have scored a couple more goals than has done, though.

“You need to give him time though, I think there is a bright future for him at this club.”

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