QPR boss responds to boo boys after ‘unacceptable’ Fulham defeat
PUBLISHED: 16:23 13 February 2016 | UPDATED: 19:06 13 February 2016
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QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was stunned by his team’s dismal performance against Fulham and could not explain their 3-1 defeat.
Rangers were blitzed by three first-half goals in a one-sided west London derby at Loftus Road, where Ross McCormack, Moussa Dembele and Tom Cairney scored for the visitors.
Substitute Tjaronn Chery netted a last-minute consolation for the hosts, who were unbeaten in their previous five matches.
Asked why Rangers had performed so poorly, Hasselbaink said: “I don’t know. I will have to watch the video and review it.
“What I do know is that it was not acceptable. The fans deserve better and we deserve better to ourselves.
“We had put the standard down in the previous matches and this was well under that standard. We were making steps forward and I didn’t see this coming at all.
“It’s two steps back. It’s now about starting again, getting things right, taking responsibility and starting to look at ourselves again.
“I’m not going to single out individuals. We are a team, and as a team we were well under par.”
Rangers, beaten 4-0 at Fulham in September, were booed by the home fans at half-time and on occasions during the second half.
Hasselbaink said: “They were getting frustrated. It is what it is. Do I like it? No. Do I want them to cheer on our players? Yes, of course.
“Will getting behind the players help them play better instead of booing them? Yes. But I understand their frustration.
“Do I say they should do it (boo)? No. We need their support until the last minute. I have asked for that and will keep on asking for that.
“They have to be our 12th man even when things are not going right. They can lift the players. But we know how it is. Hopefully in the next match we can put it right.”