Jordan Cousins: The whole QPR squad are behind Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 November 2016
QPR midfielder Jordan Cousins maintains that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has the full backing of the dressing room.
The Dutchman has come under increased scrutiny from supporters in recent weeks, with last Friday’s dismal 2-0 defeat to local rivals Brentford leaving the Rs 14th in the table, with only one win from their last seven home league matches.
But Cousins, who joined Rangers for an initial fee of £1.25million from Charlton Athletic in the summer, has launched a staunch defence of his boss.
He told the Times: “We go out there and give 100 per cent every game. It’s not going to work all the time.
“Some days it’s just not your day. We train as hard as we can every day.
“Everyone supports the manager here.He brought me into this club, so of course I’m really thankful to him for that.
“He’s going to get judged on results and the only way we can change that is by getting a good result.
“If people are saying that he’s lost the dressing room that’s far from the case – we’re all training 100 per cent and giving absolutely everything to the cause.”
Cousins says the atmosphere among the Rangers players is a far cry from the later spell of his time at the Valley, where he admitted things got a bit ugly.
“There are no bad eggs in the changing room here whereas I could say there were at Charlton,” he said.
“I don’t want to go into that too much, as that’s been and gone.
“People are going to say that [is the case at QPR] as that’s what negative people do – but that is not happening here.”
Cousins admits the pressure is growing on the squad but he insists they are confident they will turn the slump around as they visit Nottingham Forest on Saturday, eyeing a first ever win at the City Ground.
He added: “It’s a results business and pressure does come with results. Of course there would be more pressure if we don’t get a result against Forest.
“I’m not thinking about that because I think we’re going to get a positive result. I can’t pre-empt what’s going to happen in the future. I’m just trying to get the best result on Saturday.
“We’re not in a good place right now, but when we get more confidence we can start to express ourselves more as a team.
“We just need to get over this period. It’d be stupid to go gung-ho and leave ourselves open now.”