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Holloway reflects on Aston Villa loss

QPR boss Ian Holloway believes the decision to award Aston Villa a penalty on the stroke of half-time cost his side dear in the R's 2-1 defeat at Loftus Road.

With Rangers leading 1-0 courtesy of Jamie Mackie's 18th minute goal, referee Mr England adjudged Jack Robinson to have handled Robert Snodgrass' shot, which resulted in Albert Adomah firing home from the spot.

Adomah proved to be the match-winner thereafter, scoring the all-important third goal of the contest on 58 minutes, to hand the visitors all three points.

Speaking to at full-time, Holloway said: "I thought the penalty was harsh but the goal was coming; they’d just hit the crossbar.

"To me it looked like Jack was trying to get out the way of it. It’s got to be intentional. You’ll probably see six or seven tonight that won’t be given.

"Some of the decisions today, I thought the referee had a really poor game and I’ll be telling him.

"They did put us under pressure but I thought we coped with it. If you’re trying to block a shot and it hits you it has to be intentional. That’s no way intentional for me.

"If we’d got in at half time at 1-0 I could have helped them a lot more. It probably wouldn’t have dented us as much; they started the second half a lot better."

Holloway added: "I think it was quite a close game. We started very well, we caused them enough problems.

"We’ve come so far in a short space of time. It feels a bit like déjà vu. They beat us here by a goal here last season but I think we’re a much better side now.

"You expect them to be up there. I thought we gave them a good run for their money; on another day, the odd decision here or there.

"It’s fine margins at this level. That was two good teams out there and we were one of them."

I thought we gave them a good run for their money.

Ian Holloway
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