QPR boss hails Deadline Day signing after Ipswich Town impact
PUBLISHED: 18:29 06 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:34 08 February 2016
QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hopes new signing Nasser El Khayati setting up the winner in the 1-0 victory at home to Ipswich is a sign of things to come for the club.
Rangers, previously known for signing and developing lower-division players, have seen a poor return during their big spending under billionaire owners in recent years.
They are keen to reintroduce the club’s past transfer policy and El Khayati - a £350,000 pre-deadline signing from Hasselbaink’s former club Burton - made a great start by coming on as a late substitute and crossing for Matt Phillips to head home.
“It was a good cross and the win was very satisfying,” Hasselbaink said after their Sky Bet Championship win.
“Nasser was available and I thought he would give us something we didn’t have and that’s why I took him here - and there are others we are monitoring.
“It’s about making this club healthy and bringing the normality of the club back. We have to do that at QPR.
“Behind the scenes, (director of football) Les Ferdinand and the scouts are always on the lookout, because we want to bring that normality back to QPR.”
Phillips’ goal - his sixth of the season - gave Rangers their first home win since Hasselbaink was appointed in early December.
It came after Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski had denied the hosts with a number of fine saves, and the QPR boss said: “To win overall is satisfying, and obviously at home, yes.
“When you see the first half and you go in 0-0 at half-time, you’ve done yourself an injustice.
“But I think we kept being positive, kept plugging away, kept going and kept having the trust that we would score the goal we deserved.”
Meanwhile, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy played down the significance of his team dropping out of the play-off places.
“If you look at our history from last year, we ended up in the top six after the final game game of the season,” said McCarthy, whose side have won two out of their last five in the Championship.
“It’s where you are in May that counts and the key is to get into that top six.”
He added: “The conditions were horrible but it ended up being an exciting game and we were much better in that second half and could have scored.
“I thought we were the ones that were the most likely to win the game in the second half, so to have conceded in the last few minutes makes it even more disappointing to lose.”