Paul Konchesky gives insight into Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's team talk before QPR's match against Brighton

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Queens Park Rangers drew 2-2 with Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday.

Paul Konchesky has given some insight into Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s team talk ahead of Queens Park Rangers’ match against Brighton & Hove Albion last night, through his comments in the Kilburn Times.

QPR went into yesterday’s game as the underdogs against an unbeaten Seagulls side, but Hasselbaink was keen to ensure that his team had confidence going into the contest.

The Dutchman encouraged QPR to play at pace, and his team talk seemed to work, as the R’s put in a spirited display to pick up a 2-2 draw.

Konchesky said: “The manager told us we need to believe in ourselves and he encouraged us to play with a high tempo and high up the pitch.

“I don’t think we did that at the start of the second half. They came out and scored two goals and only then we started playing higher up and started to believe in ourselves.

“So we needed to start the game quicker in the second half and maybe we wouldn’t have conceded the two goals. But we’ve done well and shown great character in coming back, and we’ll take the point.”

QPR actually went two goals down in the second half against Brighton, but they showed their spirit and desire to get back into the contest.

QPR scored twice through Charlie Austin to bring the score level again, and they nearly grabbed a winner at the end when Matt Phillips went close.

The R’s have now gone unbeaten through their last four Championship matches, and they currently sit in 12th place in the table.

Hasselbaink’s side’s next match comes against Bristol City at the weekend and a win could take them to within three points off the play-off spaces.

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