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Holloway gets best birthday present ever

QPR boss Ian Holloway hailed Tuesday’s 3-1 win against Aston Villa as the best birthday present he could have asked for.

Holloway, who turned 55 on Monday, was beaming with delight as he saw his R’s side secure victory against promotion-chasing Villa.

Goals from Ryan Manning, Jake Bidwell and Luke Freeman saw the R’s seal back-to-back Championship victories for the first time since October 2017 against a Villa team who had lost just once in their last 12 outings.

"It’s the best birthday present I could ask for,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk after the full-time whistle.

“Everyone played really well. We were clinical in the first half and executed the game plan perfectly.

“We stayed in the moment in the second half. We defended well and attacked at will. We were first to everything all night long. The third goal was the icing on the cake.”

Victory saw QPR go three unbeaten after taking seven points from a possible nine during the past seven days.

The win, despite conceding a late consultation goal, lifted the R’s a place in the table to 15th as we leapfrogged Nottingham Forest to be 16 points clear of the relegation zone.

“That’s seven points from nine and it was thoroughly deserved,” Holloway continued.

“We’ve beaten a really good team and we’ve beaten them in some style.

“I’m delighted for the fans. They travelled here on a Tuesday night and they were rewarded with a brilliant display.

“The feeling in that dressing room is something special right now and we need to take the momentum into Saturday now.

“I’m upset that we switched off from a corner but how I can I fault these lads.”

Next up for Rangers is a trip across west London to rivals Fulham this Saturday lunchtime live on Sky Sports.

It’s the best birthday present I could ask for.

Ian Holloway