Holloway: 'A bad day at the office'

IAN Holloway bemoaned a ‘bad day at the office’ for his QPR side, as the R’s lost 2-1 at home to Burton Albion.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk after the reversal at Loftus Road, ‘Ollie’ admitted he was disappointed with the Hoops display, in the wake of an impressive run of late.

“It was a bitterly disappointing display. I'm desperately disappointed,” he said.

“We didn't show any of the momentum we've created recently.

“I'm gutted with the result and really disappointed with the performance.”

He added: “We've lost again at home and I didn't enjoy it one bit.

“Their first goal was well struck but we could've stopped it. We should've stopped it. We should've closed it down.

“The second goal was a killer – an awful goal for us to concede.

“I was pleased for Conor. He took his goal well.

“But we've got to be braver and want it more – we didn't show that today.

“We've got to learn after this defeat. There's certainly a lot to take away from it.

“Credit to Burton, they ground it out.

“That's life. We move on from this and we need to get going again. It feels like we've taken a step back today.”

Holloway opted to rest Ryan Manning and Jamie Mackie with one eye on a busy week ahead, with two fixtures on the road against Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers, and the R’s boss admitted he took full responsibility for that.

“I made a couple of changes by resting Mackie and Manning and boy did we miss them both,” he said.

“I wanted to protect them both with three games in a week – and in the end we missed them more than I thought we would.

“I take full responsibility for the team selection – because we really missed the spirit, drive and personality that Mackie brings.”

We've got to learn after this defeat. There's certainly a lot to take away from it.

Ian Holloway
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