QPR 0-6 Newcastle: Hasselbaink calls on Rs fans to stay behind team after home thumping
PUBLISHED: 00:12 14 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:40 14 September 2016
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has called on QPR fans to stick behind the team after te Rs suffered their worst home defeat in 96 years of league football, losing 6-0 against Newcastle..
Rangers slipped from seventh to 14th in the table but, while he was despondent in his post-match interview, Hasselbaink called on Rangers fans to keep supporting his side after such adversity.
He said: “We have lost together but we must stick together and pick ourselves up for Saturday. Obviously we are very sorry for the supporters, we have not shown our true self.
“It hurts us also, it really hurts my boys. The supporters need to try and help lift them.
“I will watch the video tonight because I know I will not be able to sleep.
“Tomorrow morning we will back in as normal, we’ll be off on Thursday because that’s the right thing to do physically and then back in on Friday to prepare for Huddersfield on Saturday.”
He continued: “It went totally wrong for us and pretty good for Newcastle. We were very stretched, it was easy for them to counter attack and get the ball behind us.
“They are very dangerous when they do that. We didn’t look ourselves and it was hard to take but I must say, Newcastle are a great team with big players.”
James Perch started in right midfield as Rangers set up with three centre-halves in the shape of Grant Hall, Steven Caulker and Nedum Onuoha.
It was a decision which left some fans scratching their heads and Hasselbaink addressed the matter after the game.
“We have new players, some who have come in and only trained a few times and on top of that we wanted more experience in midfield and Perch can offer that,” explained the Dutchman.
“He can play in a few positions and we wanted protection for our defence against the likes of (Matt) Ritchie and (Yoan) Gouffran.”
However, the former Newcastle man went off with a serious looking knee injury after just 18 minutes with Rangers already a goal down.
“Perch going off was a big blow. I think it (the injury) is bad because he doesn’t normally go down. I think it’s his knee.”
Hasselbaink revealed that some harsh truths were said in the dressing room in the wake of the embarrassing defeat.
“Some honesty has been said, you have to be honest and truthful but the main thing is that we are together and we want to move on. No one wants to lose 6-0 or even 1-0,” he said frankly.
“Certain things have happened which I am not happy with but it was always going to be a difficult game. We hoped it would be a lot tighter obviously.”