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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink pleased with Queens Park Rangers' response

16 December 2015

Queens Park Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was delighted with his players' response as they fought from two goals down to steal a point at home to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Rangers trailed after quickfire goals from Albion's Dale Stephens and Rajiv van La Parra early in the second half, but hit back through a brace from Charlie Austin to draw 2-2.

The result maintained Hasselbaink's unbeaten start to life at Loftus Road, and he took plenty of positives from the fightback.

“I’ve got mixed feelings after that, but in general I'm happy," he told

“I'm happy with the performance for the majority and happy with the abundance of quality and character I saw from my players.

“I thought we deserved all three points, but I can’t fault the players for responding as they did at 2-0 down.

“We’ve got an abundance of character and we’re going to need that. It’s now about working on the belief and getting them together. If we start to believe, we can go from strength to strength.”

Hasselbaink also praised his star striker Austin, who bagged two crucial goals on his return to the starting line-up.

“It’s very important to have a goalscorer," he added.

Goal machine.

— The Football League (@football_league) December 15, 2015
“What impressed me tonight though was his overall performance. The things people probably won’t remember, like his work-rate and his attitude. That’s what’s pleasing.”

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