Holloway proud of QPR following Fulham draw

QPR boss Ian Holloway expressed his pride as honours ended even in the West London derby against Fulham at Loftus Road.

After Alex Smithies saved Chris Martin’s early spot-kick, Ryan Manning put the R’s ahead on 25 minutes, only for Martin to redeem himself 15 minutes from time with a close-range equaliser.

A draw was probably a fair reflection at the end of a pulsating derby, which extended the R’s unbeaten run to four matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk: “It was a proper derby, wasn't it? The fighting spirit from both sides was great to see.

“It was a really tough game. Fulham are a really good side.

“It was difficult for us because we had to do things a bit differently to what we normally do.

“Our shape was good but we didn't quite get tight enough to them and that's credit to Fulham.

“But we more than matched a good side who have been together a long time. Our spirit was fantastic.

“That's a big point for us today. Onwards and upwards for us now.”

On the award of the seventh minute penalty, given following Jake Bidwell’s tussle with Sone Aluko, Holloway added: “It was never a penalty. It looked so, so soft.

“But Alex made a great save for us. He's a top goalkeeper and his record at saving penalties is fantastic.”

Despite being proud of the R’s performance, Holloway was left to reflect on what might have been, commenting: “I'm disappointed we didn't win the game. We needed a second goal really but it wasn't to be.

“It's nice to get a draw rather than get beat - but I wanted all three points.

“We're still a new group with a new manager. We're learning as we go but I can't fault the boys.

“I'm very, very proud of our lads. They gave it everything and we've kept our old run going.

“Something is growing here. I can feel it. There's a real unity in this group.

“The fans were magnificent. I hope they like what they're seeing from us in recent weeks. I really think they are.

“That's four games undefeated with three wins and we are moving forward. We've got to keep this going now.”

That's a big point for us today. Onwards and upwards for us now.

Ian Holloway
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