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Holloway bursting with pride after four-star performance

QPR boss Ian Holloway was understandably elated after seeing his side record a 4-1 Sky Bet Championship victory at Birmingham City this afternoon (Saturday).

Roared on by over 1,500 travelling fans, goals from Matt Smith (18 minutes), Conor Washington (47), Idrissa Sylla (84) and Yeni Ngbakoto (88) put the R’s on course for an emphatic win at St. Andrew’s.

A consolation strike from Blues’ Emilio Nsue in second-half stoppage time failed to ruin Rangers’ day and, after seeing this side rise to 16th in the league table – and seven points clear of the bottom three – Holloway was unsurprisingly thrilled.

“I’m bursting with pride,” he told

“We showed glimpses of that performance last week [against Huddersfield Town, a 2-1 defeat at Loftus Road] – and the last couple of weeks.

“Unfortunately, things hadn’t gone for us but, today, we made them go for us.

“It was disappointing not to keep a clean sheet right at the end but, to a man, the boys looked like they believed in themselves – they believed in what we were doing. They looked like they understood what we were doing and took it on.

“When we had to change something, there were no questions. When it got tough, they still did it.

“And we’ve got a fantastic result at the end of it.”

Holloway added: “Our supporters, even before the start of the game, were really great. They were upbeat – even though we hadn’t got the right results.

“They can see that the lads are wearing that shirt with pride.

“You have to work hard – that’s where it starts. And wow, aren’t we working hard?”

Smith’s goal was his first for the club following a January move from near-neighbours Fulham, while Ngbakoto hit a goal-of-the-season contender to complete the rout – a stunning free-kick from fully 30 yards that bounced in off the underside of the crossbar.

“I’m delighted for everybody,” Holloway continued.

“My job [when re-joining QPR as manager] was to make everyone play. And they’re playing at the minute, they’re running around for each other, putting their foot in, believing we can score.

“The great thing for me is that I’ve also got a group of players who weren’t involved today, and that’s the secret.

“Everybody has to do a stint – we all have to go to work. Today, the players certainly did. And everyone who wasn’t involved took it the right way.

“Everyone knows what we’re all trying to do. I think it’s crystal clear.

“You can’t always guarantee a good result, but I can guarantee that we’re going to have a right run around – no matter what happens!”

You have to work hard – that’s where it starts. And wow, aren’t we working hard?

Ian Holloway