Hass: No win but no whinge

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Sean Davies

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink in­sists the score­line did not prop­erly re­flect his side’s dis­play as QPR failed to win for the fifth con­sec­u­tive game in all com­pe­ti­tions.

The vis­i­tors took the lead through Lukas Jutkiewicz be­fore Steven Caulker equalised to send the teams into half-time all square.

QPR dom­i­nated the sec­ond half but lacked qual­ity in the fi­nal third as they failed to con­vert their chances.

Tjaronn Ch­ery missed two clear cut op­por­tu­ni­ties while Idrissa Sylla and Mas­simo Luongo also failed to beat Adam Legzdins when chances fell their way.

Hasselbaink said: “Un­for­tu­nately we didn’t score but our dis­play was very good. We had a set­back by them scor­ing first but it didn’t af­fect us and that was re­ally pleas­ing to see.

“Sec­ond half, I think there was only one team in it, we did very well, we won the sec­ond balls, we passed, we were a lit­tle bit un­for­tu­nate, the goal­keeper made a cou­ple of good saves and a few balls were cleared close to the line.

“I am happy with the per­for­mance, that is what it is about, we need to per­form like this reg­u­larly, you make a string of th­ese per­for­mances and you will win games.

“Ws­zolek did very well. He is get­ting used to the English game, we think he will im­prove and get bet­ter, he is some­body who is very pos­i­tive.”

Jutkiewicz opened the scor­ing for the vis­i­tors af­ter a deep cross was nod­ded across the goal by Michael Mor­ri­son, leav­ing the for­ward a sim­ple tap in.

But QPR equalised when Caulker nod­ded home a Ch­ery cor­ner in the 39th minute.

The home side dom­i­nated the sec­ond half, re­strict­ing Birm­ing­ham to very lit­tle pos­ses­sion and even fewer chances.

First-half sub­sti­tute Pawel Ws­zolek was the bright spark for the home side af­ter the break, fre­quently beat­ing his full-back and de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity crosses into the box.

Ch­ery was the main ben­e­fi­ciary of Ws­zolek’s play, twice the winger put the ball on a plate for QPR’s num­ber ten, but his first ef­fort was blocked and he failed to beat Legzdins with the sec­ond.

De­spite a slightly un­der­whelm­ing per­for­mance, Birm­ing­ham ex­tended their un­beaten run to five games in the Cham­pi­onship.

And Gary Rowett was happy with a point, ad­mit­ting Lof­tus Road is never an easy place to play.

Rowett said: “I wouldn’t say I ex­pected to win, we are in good form and we have been very res­o­lute in the way that we have played.

“We knew we would have to weather a bit of a storm at the start of the sec­ond half, and I think it was a com­bi­na­tion of QPR’s des­per­a­tion to get the win, our poor de­ci­sion mak­ing and lack of qual­ity with pos­ses­sion when we did win the ball back.

“We just didn’t play with the same en­ergy, which stopped us get­ting out and into at­tack­ing ar­eas.

“I don’t think they had any real chances, but quite a few long-range ef­forts which Adam saved and some pres­sure in the box we dealt with.

“You aren’t al­ways go­ing to play as well as we did away from home at Ful­ham, as well as we did against Sh­effield Wednes­day, or Nor­wich, some­times you have to dig in deep to ex­tend the un­beaten run away from home which we have done.”

PIC­TURES: Jar­rod Moore/ProS­ports

HEAD FIRST: Lukas Jutkiewicz scores and, in­set, QPR cel­e­brate af­ter Steven Caulker lands the equaliser

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