QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says that Newcastle United have definitely got belief after five wins in a row but has reminded his players to concentrate on their ow game, rather than the opposition.
As the Championship’s biggest spenders and with Rafa having built up the biggest squad in the second tier, the Rangers Manager insists that he isn’t jealous and is ‘happy with what we have got’.
As Rafa Benitez has been constantly reminding his squad, complacency is their biggest enemy and money and name players mean nothing when they step out onto the pitch.
QPR have made a decent start themselves and the bottom line is if they win tonight they go above Newcastle and possibly into second place in the table.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink claims that a big squad can also be a problem but Rafa Benitez has shown with both actions and words that he will regularly change his line-up and use that squad to the best effect.
With midweek games every week until the next international break, Newcastle fans are hoping that the squad power Rafa has accumulated will give a significant advantage.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says that he isn’t sure that Newcastle have ‘found their feet’ yet, hopefully the NUFC players will convince him a little further tonight.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink:
“Yes, we need to respect them and look at the things they do well, but this is a new game and there are three points at stake.
“Have they found their feet? I don’t know.
“Obviously there’s a belief in the camp but if you are going to concentrate on Newcastle, you are going to take a lot away from ourselves.
“We are playing at home and we need to think about us, not about them. It doesn’t matter who is in front of us – it is about trying to win the match.
“They have that luxury (big squad) there, but that can also be a problem but we are happy with what we have got.
“We are not going to place too much emphasis on what they have, or be jealous of what they have. We are looking to match them, take the game to them and try to win the three points.
“We need to use good play, quick play, be focused and sharp – we need to be brave and prepared to express ourselves.”