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Holloway’s pride despite penalty disappointment

IAN Holloway was proud of his players – but couldn’t hide his disappointment after a contentious late penalty award denied QPR all three points in their Sky Bet Championship encounter with Bristol City.

Bobby Reid’s 81st-minute spot-kick – following a melee in the box – cancelled out Aden Flint’s 37th-minute own goal to signal a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road.

And speaking to www.qpr.co.uk after the final whistle, R’s boss Ollie told us: “I’m bitterly disappointed. We’re all so aggrieved at the penalty decision.

“We had by far the better of the first half and got ourselves in front. The goal when it came was no more than we deserved.

“We played really well in that first period. We stopped them from doing the good things they did against Manchester United on Wednesday.

“They improved after the break as you’d expect from a very-good side. They changed shape and threw the big man (Flint) up top from centre-half.”

Holloway added: “I can’t for the life of me see how he’s (referee Andrew Madley) given a penalty.

“If it’s for a foul on [Nathan] Baker then I can’t believe it – it’s incredibly harsh. If it’s for a foul on Flint then I can’t believe it because his own man took him down.

“But I’m proud of my boys. We’d have lost that game last season.

“It’s a point apiece. But I felt we deserved more. I can’t fault our performance at all.

“We threw our bodies on the line. We played our hearts out. They played for the badge and they made me proud.

“We’re having to come through adversity because some of the decisions going against us are hurting us at the moment.

“If we keep fighting and things fall our way, then we’ll come through this.”

I felt we deserved more. I can’t fault our performance at all.

Ian Holloway