Ollie hails match-winner Smyth

QPR boss Ian Holloway was delighted to see the ‘biggest gamble’ of his managerial career pay dividends, after young-gun Paul Smyth hit the winner against Cardiff City.

The Northern Ireland youngster was handed his first start since his summer switch from Linfield and rewarded the R’s gaffer with a stunning 72nd minute strike to complete a memorable comeback at Loftus Road.

Earlier, Joe Ralls’ 54th minute spot-kick put the visitors in front, before Matt Smith equalised eight minutes later.

But it was Smyth who had the final say – to the delight of the Hoops manager.

"Young Smyth was a breath of fresh air,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk"He has been since he arrived here to be honest.

"Of course it was a risk – probably the biggest gamble I've taken as a manager – but it was one worth taking.

"We've been getting into good areas and not taking our chances, so in the end you've got to try something different.

"He deserved his chance and he took it!

"He got a bit of luck with the deflection, but his overall performance deserved that luck.

"The balance was right with him and big Smithy - we needed legs around him.

"It paid off big time for us today.”

He added: "I'm delighted for the lads.

"They showed unbelievable character to come from a goal down, especially given the run we've been on.

"Cardiff are a good side, make no mistake.

"They're going through a tough run but they're a good side – and that's a big, big win for us.”

They showed unbelievable character to come from a goal down.

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Holloway delighted Smyth gamble paid off

QPR boss Ian Holloway was delighted with Paul Smyth in his sides 2-1 win against Cardiff City.