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Holloway wants ‘up-and-at-em’ performance against Brentford

IAN Holloway wants to see another ‘up-and-at-em performance’ from his QPR side tonight when they host Brentford in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The R’s chief has overseen a strong start to the season, with Rangers picking up seven points from four tough opening league fixtures, while also progressing into the second round of the cup at the expense of Northampton Town.

“We are still finding out about ourselves as a group,” he told

“The longer that goes on, the better it’s going to be. The more games we have, the better we should get.

“I can’t wait for another up-and-at-em performance from us.”

While Brentford have made a disappointing start to their league campaign – they are currently bottom of the Championship – Holloway is full of praise for the way the Griffin Park outfit is run, and is a big admirer of Bees boss Dean Smith.

“They have a great identity,” he said. “The way they go about their business has been impressive. They have created lots of good players, which other people have bought off them, but Brentford have still continued to play very good football.

“It’s a credit to the club behind the scenes, and it’s a credit to the new management who have picked up a team that was already doing well, and carried it on.

“It’s a wonderful thing for Dean Smith to have achieved, and he deserves it because he was in the lower leagues for a while and he’s a very accomplished manager.

“He is a very good man as well and he deserves a lot of credit.

“We are playing a Brentford team who were seeded for this competition. We weren’t.

“That tells you where we are. A lot of our fans won’t like that but Brentford have probably earned that over the last few years, with getting into the playoffs, and nearly getting there again.”

Holloway also offered words of support for Brentford midfielder Ryan Woods, who announced last week that he and his partner had tragically lost their baby.

“Football is a wonderful game and it’s a privilege to be involved with,” said Holloway. “You have opponents and you have different loyalties, but deep down we are all one big family.

“I want Ryan and his family to know that everyone at QPR is giving them all the love in the world right now.”

Holloway confirmed he will field a strong side for this evening’s fixture, explaining: “We will have a strong team out which is designed to cause

Brentford as many problems as possible, but we obviously need to be mindful that we have a trip to Cardiff on Saturday.

“If you can come along, it would be great to have as many fans as possible supporting the lads.

“I understand how tough things can be, and a lot of you probably didn’t budget for us being in the second round of the cup! But I am excited about the team that I will be putting out there.”

I am excited about the team that I will be putting out there.

Ian Holloway