IAN Holloway was disappointed that QPR couldn’t follow up their fine midweek win over Sheffield Wednesday – and also conceded that five changes to his team’s starting XI played a part in the 2-1 Loftus Road defeat to Preston North End.
Despite taking a 13th-minute lead through Matt Smith’s 10th strike of the season, Rangers were undone by Callum Robinson’s two goals – in minutes 45 and 74 – for the visitors.
Following the final whistle in W12, Ollie explained to www.qpr.co.uk: “I wanted to look at what I might have available for the Brentford game (QPR’s next opponents), and how I might need to play against them. I also looked at how many games people have played.
“But most important, I looked at beating the opposition.
“The fundamental things we spoke about, for some reason we didn’t do.
“We managed to get ourselves in front, albeit probably against the run of play.
“Unfortunately, it then turned into a bit of a stalemate. We couldn’t get Ebere [Eze] on the ball, we couldn’t get those on the ball who we wanted to.
“In the end, we’ve gone and lost and it’s a little bit disappointing, to be honest.
“I expected that team to have the confidence that we gained the other night.
“Losing 2-1 doesn’t look that bad – but it feels worse. I wanted to see a lot more from the people that were out there.”
Holloway continued: “They’re (Preston) a well-organised team. They kept doing what they’ve been doing to get results.
“The game was ruined by the stop-start nature of it, but Preston played a part with their professionalism.
“We’ve only got ourselves to blame. We should have dealt with the first goal much better.”
With just three Championship fixtures left to play this season, next up for the R’s is a west London derby against Brentford at Griffin Park in seven days’ time.
“It’s disappointing – but let’s get on with the next one at Brentford,” Ollie said. “Let’s see if we can put them under pressure.
“We’ll be trying everything to stop this rot that we’ve got against them at the moment.”
As his post-match media duties came to a close, Holloway also confirmed that a hamstring injury will now keep Joel Lynch out for the remainder of the campaign.
Holloway reacts to Preston North End defeat
QPR manager Ian Holloway offered his reaction to the R's 2-1 defeat against Preston at Loftus Road.