Leroy Fer admits Queens Park Rangers struggled to cope with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's high-pressing tactics

Queens Park Rangers drew 0-0 with Burnley in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's first match in charge.

Leroy Fer has admitted to the Daily Mirror that Queens Park Rangers still have some learning to do before they become fully accustomed with new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s preferred style of play.

Hasselbaink has taken charge at Loftus Road and he has immediately tried to make the team press higher up the pitch.

The style was on full display in QPR’s 0-0 draw against Burnley last weekend, but Fer believes it will become more effective in time.

The Dutch midfielder claims that the R’s squad are not quite fit enough to continue pressing at a high tempo for 90 minutes yet, but he is hopeful that with more time under Hasselbaink’s stewardship they will adapt to his tactics.

“Looking at the whole game we deserved the win," he said. "The manager likes high-pressure football, but maybe in the end we were a little tired.

“We need to know when to go and when to sit back.”

QPR’s draw with Burnley was an encouraging way for Hasselbaink’s regime to start.

The former Burton Albion boss may not have been able to get his side firing, but Rangers’ defence continued to look solid.

QPR have conceded just one goal in five matches, and that has helped them climb into promotion contention.

The London club are now just four points away from the play-off spaces, but they will be tested in their next match against top of the table Brighton & Hove Albion.

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