Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is glad he isn't having to go up against Jaap Stam the player when QPR entertain Reading on Saturday.

The former Chelsea striker had a few run-ins with his fellow Dutchman during his career, especially when the defender was at Manchester United.

But, now, Hasselbaink's job is to get three points for QPR and build on their west London derby triumph prior to the international break.

The Rs boss said: “He was a very good defender. He was hard when he was playing and a no-nonsense kind of guy.

“Thank god I am not playing against him now. It's a different kind of match and we are coaches and managers and that's what we need to concentrate on – our teams and how we can manipulate and make our teams stronger and they have a way of playing that makes them a very good side.

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“We are going to have our work cut out and need to be right and well organised and also we have to make sure that we are on the front foot.”

Hasselbaink got the better of Stam in the pair's first major meeting in England as he scored in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Manchester United in the 2000 Charity Shield at Wembley.

He added: “I remember all my goals. I think it's not about getting the better of him. Those days have gone and passed.

“It was in 2000 in the Charity Shield. That was it. It's not important anymore. Saturday is important. “My team is ready for a fight and a difficult match. We need to be fresh and hungry and ready to compete.”

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