Jimmy happy de­spite Hull’s smash and grab

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Will Piper

JIMMY Floyd Has­sel­baink re­mained stead­fast in his in­sis­tence that Queens Park Rangers ‘got it right’ against Hull de­spite see­ing his side beaten by a late goal in a dra­matic fi­nale.

Af­ter six games in charge Has­sel­baink is still wait­ing for his first win, with Adama Diomande deny­ing QPR a point af­ter cap­i­tal­is­ing on a calami­tous mix-up be­tween goal­keeper Rob Green and Grant Hall.

Abel Her­nan­dez had given Hull the lead just af­ter the hour mark when he side-footed home from 12 yards af­ter a lovely chipped pass from the out­stand­ing Mo­hamed Di­ame.

There was hope for the QPR faith­ful with four min­utes re­main­ing though as Se­bas­tian Polter headed home af­ter he ini­tially set Matt Phillips away down the left be­fore get­ting on the end of the winger’s cross.

But joy quickly turned to de­spair for Has­sel­baink when Green col­lided with Hall af­ter a Sam Clu­cas cross and Diomande turned home the win­ner.

“It looked like we were go­ing to get the three points af­ter we scored,” said Has­sel­baink.

“There was only one team in it at that mo­ment.

“I think we were un­for­tu­nate to lose that game. It was not a game where they ham­mered us or we ham­mered them.

“Of course it’s frus­trat­ing, but [get­ting the first win] is not the fo­cus. If you are go­ing to fo­cus on win, win, win, you are not go­ing to get the game right, and you have to get the game right to win. And we got it right.”

In a match des­per­ate for a mo­ment of qual­ity Her­nan­dez’s opener was a wel­come re­lief af­ter Di­ame made a pow­er­ful run from the mid­dle be­fore feed­ing the Uruguayan from the edge of the box.

And Diomande’s slightly for­tu­itous goal means a re­turn to win­ning ways for Steve Bruce’s side in their chase for pro­mo­tion af­ter go­ing down 1-0 to Pre­ston North End last time out.

“It wasn’t a clas­sic, but at least we’ve seen a bit of re­silience and we rolled our sleeves up,” said Bruce. “There’s been a few things said af­ter the last three games.We let our­selves down.

“They’ve got an equal­is­ing goal and we’ve gone straight up the other end and scored. I don’t know much about how it went in but it was a great ball from Sam Clu­cas.

“The goal will be good for Diomande. He will give us some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent. He’s fit and pow­er­ful and likes to run in be­hind. In that re­spect I’m really pleased for him be­cause it’s been a frus­trat­ing time for him.”

HOOPS THERE IT IS: Se­bas­tian Polter heads in QPR’s equaliser

STAR MAN MO­HAMED DI­AME

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