Ian Holloway: 'A result to saviour'

QPR manager Ian Holloway was full of praise for his Rangers side, as the R’s came from behind to beat Cardiff City 2-1 at Loftus Road, thanks to two second half goals from Yeni Ngbakoto and Matt Smith.

Victory was a fitting tribute to the class of #QPR6667, 50 years to the day of the club’s League Cup Final triumph.

A delighted Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk: “It's a result to savour.

“To win in that special commemorative shirt today fills me with so much pride.

“Those players left a legacy and I want these players to leave a legacy in the months and years to come.

“I want to thank the ex-players and the families who came along today – that was for them.

“And all the QPR fans who came here today to pay tribute to our heroes of 67 deserved it too.”

In a closely-fought first half, Rangers trailed on the stroke of half-time when Sol Bamba headed the visitors in front.

But two second half goals, the first from substitute Ngbakoto and the winner from Smith, completed a brilliant comeback.

“The first half was very nip and tuck. There was nothing in the game,” said Holloway.

“We had a lot of the ball but didn't open them up which is always tough against Neil's teams.

“We got it wrong at one set-piece on the stroke of half-time and that cost us.

“We wobbled a bit at the start of the second half.

“But then we made changes and they made a big difference. Those choices from the bench that I've got now are making a real difference.

“The spirit from the boys was brilliant. The fans stuck with us and that made a massive difference.

“We deserved that win so I'm absolutely delighted.”

On the R’s two scorers, Holloway added: “Yeni made a real difference and I'm pleased for him because he's worked so hard in recent weeks. He's been patient but today he got his reward.

“He's bought into what I want him to do and that's really special for me.

“Smithy was brilliant all afternoon.

“He set Conor alight and they looked great together again.

“We've got some really good choices now in the final third, but more importantly, each and every player in my squad is consistently doing the right things in training day in, day out – and that fills me with immense pride.”

Those players left a legacy and I want these players to leave a legacy in the months and years to come.

Ian Holloway
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