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Holloway: That wasn't us against Derby

IAN Holloway shared his disappointment after seeing his side's recent unbeaten spell brought to an end.

But the QPR boss refused to be too downbeat on the back of a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat to Derby County – Rangers’ first in five league fixtures.

Matej Vydra's 70th-minute strike did it for the dominant Rams at Pride Park.

And speaking to after the full-time whistle, Ollie told us: "I'm bitterly disappointed. That didn't look anything like us of late.

"I thought we started okay but then, for some reason, we started to hit it up towards Matt Smith far too often.

“When [Bradley] Johnson is detailed to stand in front of Matt, the last thing I’d be doing is choosing to hit it towards him all the time.

"Things just waned away. I thought one or two of the lads looked like they hadn’t played for a while – that’s the truth, unfortunately.

“I was more disappointed with the second half – we didn’t really give a good account of ourselves.”

Holloway added: “But I have to give Derby credit – we lost to the better team on the night.

“And I can’t argue with how far we’ve come. We've had a great run.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t do enough tonight. And the substitutes, they didn’t alter the game as much as they have done.

“Maybe there were too many changes. I think we missed Mass Luongo – but we couldn’t do anything about that (Luongo only returned from international duty with Australia later this week).

“At this level, it’s about fine, fine, fine margins.

“We all feel disappointed because you want to look like you’re progressing – you want to give a better account of yourselves. Like I said, we didn’t play anything like we have done.”

Rangers are on the road once more on Tuesday night, with a trip to Aston Villa.

Holloway concluded: “We’ll try other people against Aston Villa – that’s why we’ve been doing well, because we’ve been giving people chances.

“We’ll go back and start again. We’ll go back to the basics I want.”

I have to give Derby credit – we lost to the better team on the night.

Ian Holloway
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