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Holloway: 'A tough one to take'

IAN Holloway was left bemoaning a series of key decisions going against his QPR side, as Rangers lost 2-1 to Preston North End at Deepdale.

After Kazenga LuaLua opened the scoring on 36 minutes with a fantastic back-heeled goal, Aiden McGeady drew the hosts level on the stroke of half-time.

In an end-to-end contest, Jordan Hugill bagged the Lilywhites’ winner 19 minutes from time, before Luke Freeman was shown a second yellow card for an alleged stamp late on.

Speaking exclusively to at the full-time whistle, Holloway said: “It’s a tough one to take.

“All you want is the rub of the green and yet again today, we didn’t get it. Just like we didn’t at Blackburn a few weeks ago too.

“We should have had two penalties on Matt Smith in the first half – they’re very clear.

“Then in the second half, it was all about that second goal when there’s a clear foul on Bids (Jake Bidwell).

“The red card – I can’t believe that decision. Watch it again. It’s never a deliberate stamp. Luke isn’t that kind of player. And if it is a stamp, like the fourth official told the referee it was, then why isn’t it a straight red? Now we can’t even appeal it!”

Second Goal

Holloway added: “It was all about who got that second goal. I’m bitterly disappointed with the result because there really wasn’t much in it.

“We caused our own problems after we went down to ten men, but before that it was end-to-end and could’ve gone either way.

“We need to be a bit more streetwise as a group. That's what disappointed me today. We didn't manage the game when we were down to ten men. We could've slipped into the abyss and conceded three or four late on.

“We've been good over recent weeks and today was a setback, especially in the final 15 minutes.”

Honest Bunch

On the plus-side, Holloway was pleased to see Brighton loanee LuaLua get off the mark for the R’s, commenting: “It was a terrific goal from Kaz.

“He took it very well. That's what he can give us. I thought he looked very lively in the first half.”

Holloway added: “We've still got a lot to do as a group. But they're an honest bunch and they give me everything every day they come to work and that's something that that fills me with positivity.”

We've been good over recent weeks and today was a setback, especially in the final 15 minutes.

Ian Holloway