Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said he felt QPR needed Karl Henry’s experience against Burnley.
Rangers drew 0-0 at Loftus Road in Hasselbaink’s first match since taking over as manager.
The Dutchman deployed Henry on the right flank, dropping youngster Michael Petrasso.
“It was tactical. I spoke to Michael and I had to make a choice for the bench,” Hasselbaink explained.
“I was always going to start with Karl Henry on the right because of Burnley and because I needed a bit more experience in midfield.”