QPR midfielder hails Hasselbaink’s consistent and composed approach with squad

Queens Park Rangers' Jordan Cousins

Queens Park Rangers' Jordan Cousins - Credit: EMPICS Sport

Jordan Cousins says Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has remained calm and composed on the training ground despite the club’s current plight, and believe that is the best way of maintaining mutual respect and turning around the situation they are in.

Last Friday’s 2-0 defeat to local rivals Brentford left the Rs 14th in the Championship standings, with many fans now calling for Hasselbaink’s head.

However, the former Charlton Athletic midfielder is confident the Rs can turn around their fortunes and says the manner the Dutch manager goes about his business doesn’t change whether the Rs win or lose.

He said: “He’s the same guy. He’s getting around the players and making sure we’re all right. He’s the same whether we win, lose or draw and that’s probably a good thing. Some managers are up or down and he’s probably on one level and he keeps a level head.

“I’ve seen that happen before [when a manager loses his head]. It’s all in the emotion where you say things you don’t mean straight after the game.

“It’s probably a good trick Jimmy has to say less, look over the game and then come in on Monday and says everything with a clear mind and get everything across to the players.”

He continued: “He didn’t say much [after the Brentford game] as he wasn’t happy with the performance. He thought it was best to keep everything he had to say for this week, and I agree with me.

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“He brought us in before training and he had a good meeting and a good talk with us. Some managers prefer to keep it to the next week where they think about it, whereas vent and regret things they say after the game. We had a good chat as a team and how we can move forward, and we’re confident of doing that.”

It doesn’t get any easier for the Rs as they travel to Nottingham Forest tomorrow (Saturday), still searching for their first-ever win at the City Ground.

But similarly to Rangers, Forest have been struggling of late and Cousins is hopeful the Rs can make it 33rd time lucky when they travel to the Midlands this weekend.

He added: “Training has been very good – everyone is fighting and ready to go for Saturday.

“Everyone was disappointed with the result. Everyone is professional and can’t be pointing fingers at everybody. We’ve got to carry on and make it right on Saturday.”