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Ian Holloway rues Brighton defeat

IAN Holloway was left to rue missed chances and a red card which culminated in defeat for 10-man QPR to Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday lunchtime.

Rangers were unfortunate to go in behind at the break after responding well to Sam Baldock’s 11th-minute opener, but Glenn Murray’s penalty soon after the re-start dented the R’s hopes of a comeback.

They were all but extinguished when Nedum Onuoha was harshly dismissed for an apparent foul on Baldock, before Anthony Knockaert set the seal on victory for the new Sky Bet Championship leaders with a third late on.

“We’re very disappointed,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk. “Things aren’t going our way at the moment.

“They’ve got form and momentum and wins – and their first goal summed that up. It was a brilliant goal.

“We played well in the first half. We had chances and we didn’t take them. That’s the way it’s going.

“The second goal killed us. It was a penalty and the referee got that one right – but he got the red card wrong I believe.

“The skipper is gutted in the dressing room because none of us feel it was a red card. We were a little out of position defensively, but the decision to send him off was really ridiculous.

“Will the referee admit he’s made a mistake with the red card? I don’t know.”

Defeat on the south coast inflicted a sixth on the spin for Rangers.

Holloway is under no illusions about the ‘rut’ his side finds themselves in, but has called on them to stick together in order to pull themselves away from trouble.

“When you lose six in a row, you’re in a relegation fight,” he said. “We know that – but we also know that there’s half a season left. But we will continue to fight and get better.

“We need to get the spirit going again. The QPR spirit. We’ve got to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and get going again.”

Off the pitch, Rangers were roared on by over 1,500 travelling R’s fans.

Holloway thanked them for their support ahead of another trip on the road.

“Our fans were brilliant," he added. "We’ll need them to be with us again at Wolves on New Year’s Eve.”

Will the referee admit he’s made a mistake with the red card? I don’t know.

Ian Holloway