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Ian Holloway on Derby County defeat

QPR boss Ian Holloway was left pondering what might have been, as Rangers slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Derby County at Loftus Road.

Tom Ince's 86th minute strike proved to be the difference in W12, on a night when Rangers more than matched their high-flying visitors, whose goal - it has to be said - came largely against the run of play in the second half.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk at the full-time whistle, Holloway said: “Sometimes that's football for you. I was very proud of the boys to be honest with you.

“How we didn't get a point out of that tonight, at the very least, I just do not know.

“I'll take that result on the chin and I'll keep going. We will improve. I've no doubt about that.

“My record isn't good at the moment. But I will keep going and work as hard as I've ever done."

Holloway added: “I feel we are improving. We've just got to keep going now.

“Football can be very harsh. (Scott) Carson was by far the busier keeper and that's full credit to my lads.

“We thought it was a foul on the edge of the box in the build up to the goal so it's a bitter pill for the lads to swallow.

“I thought we were brave. I thought we were the better side. Hally (Grant Hall) and Jordan (Cousins) were great for us in midfield.

“Apart from putting the ball in the back of the net, we did everything."

After an impressive midfield performance, Jordan Cousins made way 13 minutes from time owing to injury and Holloway added: “Jordan has done his hamstring which is a massive disappointment.

"We will have to assess it over the next few days."

My record isn't good at the moment. But I will keep going and work as hard as I've ever done.

Ian Holloway