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Gaffer reflects on heavy Boro defeat

IAN Holloway admitted his QPR side ‘fell short’ at Loftus Road, as Middlesbrough left W12 maximum points on Saturday afternoon.

Promotion-chasing Boro’ ran out comfortable 3-0 winners, with goals from Daniel Ayala (24), George Friend (35) and Adama Traore (85).

Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk: “We were a bit short of them today.

“We’ve been defending corners pretty well lately, but Tony Pulis’ teams probably do them better than any other. Conceding the first goal from a corner knocked the stuffing out of us.

“Then the second goal was a joke from my point of view. The full-back smacked it in from that far, with no-one getting in the way of it.

“That wasn’t us. We didn’t move across, we didn’t get there, we didn’t press. I think we should have done better. The ball flew in the net and, from that moment on, it was always going to be tough.

“We huffed and we puffed, but against Tony’s side, you don’t want to be two goals down. You really don’t.”

He added: “We did so well last week, in a really, really important game away from home against Burton.

“I played defensive wing-backs and, when we went 1-0 down today, we were in trouble.

“I knew I then had to make some changes. I switched it around and put Lynchy (Joel Lynch) up front for a bit. With the state of the game, I had to make two subs at half-time.

“I felt good about us this week – I felt that we were going to play. You could see that for the first 15 or 20 minutes. The pressing was good – we closed, we caused them problems, we won it off their midfield.

“Tony [Pulis] was moaning at his team that they weren’t hitting the areas that he wanted them to hit. Then, unfortunately, we let a goal in. That knocked the stuffing out of us and we never quite receovered.”