RANGERS boss Ian Holloway has challenged his players to hang on to the winning habit, after QPR ended their 10-month search for an away victory with a 2-1 Sky Bet Championship success at Birmingham City.
Defender Jack Robinson was the R’s hero after netting the first two goals of his professional career, in minutes 17 and 83, either side of Southampton loanee Sam Gallagher levelling matters for the hosts in the 57th minute.
After failing to win any of their previous 17 league fixtures on the road, it was a case of 18th time lucky for Holloway and his Hoops – the former telling www.qpr.co.uk: “We’ve had a lot of things go against us, and it’s been horrific. You just hope that you can go through things, because confidence leaves you.
“You’ve got to keep going and that’s tough sometimes. But a win like that can leave you feeling right.
“It was a battling performance – and we had to battle.
“So far this season, we’ve had some good performances away but haven’t managed to get all three points.
“Birmingham came back into the game and were buoyed by that, but I’m delighted because we saw it through.
“The subs came on and made a difference as well, and the lads are really pleased in the dressing room.
“It was a huge game for us – and that’s as good as we’ve been away from home.”
Ollie added: “I’m delighted for our fans, because they keep coming week in, week out. I’m so pleased that we got the win for them today.
“And I’m also delighted for Jack [Robinson]. He’s been sensational for us this season. He’s gone from not being able to train for two or three days in a row, to playing however many.
“He’s been absolutely outstanding for us. He’s also got a wonderful left foot, and I think he’s got a bright future. He’s still only young.”
After a difficult run of results, Rangers extended the gap between them and the division’s third-bottom team from six to eight points with victory at St. Andrew’s.
“We’ve got to capitalise on that win now,” Holloway continued, with QPR set to face Bristol City at home next Saturday before trips to Ipswich Town and Millwall before 2017 is out.
“The Championship is really, really tight, and there are some brilliant teams who are more consistent and take their chances a bit better.
“But I can’t ask for anything more from my lads. Hopefully we can now get a run of points, after getting the monkey of not winning away off our backs.
“Today’s going to help – because that was huge for us.
“The first goal was vital. That really knocked the stuffing out of everybody around the ground. Instead of them being as buoyant as when they scored, it gave us the impetus.
“I know they came back, but I’ve got some really-good lads, and hopefully they can continue to learn through adversity.
“That’s where we are – we’re not in a really-good position to buy whoever we want. It’s not like that.
“But at the minute, I can’t ask for any more from these boys.
“I want to get us to January and get us into a better position, so that we can feel a bit of optimism.
“I’m delighted with some of the young players we have coming through, they just have to continue to gain character. That’s what we showed today.”
Holloway reflects on important win
BOSS Ian Holloway speaks following QPR’s 2-1 victory at Birmingham City.