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QPR boss slams ‘poor first half’ against Nottingham Forest as first win still eludes

PUBLISHED: 18:15 09 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:46 12 January 2016

Oliver Burke of Nottingham Forest scores (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Oliver Burke of Nottingham Forest scores (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

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QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is still looking for his first win since taking charge as the R’s lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

The west London side were undone by a much changed Forest side who are improving under Dougie Freedman.

The Scotsman made seven changes to his starting line-up and saw two of the players drafted into the side - Oliver Burke and Jamie Ward - combine to conjure up the only goal in the first half.

A powerful run and low shot from Burke was prodded home at the far post by Ward for his first goal of the season.

Victory, though, came at a cost for the Reds who saw substitute Henri Lansbury carried off with a serious ankle injury.

Hasselbaink admitted it was not all doom and gloom for the R’s though as they battle for their first win.

But he saw enough at the City Ground - where he was previously first-team coach - to believe that victory will soon come for his side.

“That was a poor first half from us, but much better in the second half. We have started to look a bit more like the team I want us to be,” said Hasselbaink, who also made eight changes to his team.

“Of course there were changes, with it being a cup tie. That has an effect as well. The way we are going to get a win is through working together, believing together and being a team.

“It is not to do with what we can or can’t achieve in the January transfer window, it is about putting it all together. I am seeing the signs here and there, in every game. But it has to come out now as one continuous performance.

“Against Forest it was like night and day, that is how much we improved. It would be great to carry that forward into next week. We just need a break.”

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