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Ollie praises QPR spirit after Blades win

QPR manager Ian Holloway praised the spirit of his Rangers side, as the R’s beat table-toppers Sheffield United at Loftus Road on Tuesday night.

Idrissa Sylla scored the only goal of the game in the fourth minute, capitalising on Jamal Blackman’s goalkeeping error, on an evening when the hosts’ never-say-die attitude shone to the fore in a thrilling encounter.

Speaking to at the full-time whistle, Holloway – in his 300th fixture in charge of the Hoops – expressed his delight at a job well done in W12.

“That was a great win for us,” he said.

“I’d have liked a better goal in different circumstances – I hope the boy (Jamal Blackman) is okay, because it didn’t look very nice when he fell.

“What they (Sheffield United) and Chris [Wilder] do is unbelievable. They keep throwing bodies forward – whether they’re behind or not.

“I’m delighted with my lads’ spirit though – and the way we managed to cope with what United do.

“We’ve still got lots to learn, and we needed a second goal to kill their spirit. Whether that would have done, I don’t know, because they’re in such a good place.

“But I’m very, very proud of the team – they’re working so hard. I couldn’t ask for any more than they gave me. It was absolutely terrific.”

Rangers were impressive throughout the 90 minutes, with each and every player giving everything for the cause.

Holloway added: “The energy levels were incredible after playing such a big game at the weekend.

“I was forced to make a change to the team, what with Joel Lynch’s suspension, and wasn’t going to.

“But we had to and have still come away with a fantastic result. It puts us higher up the table and closer to where we want to be.

“This division is quite incredible at the moment – anybody can beat anybody. Everybody’s got good players and it’s so tight.

“Hopefully we can continue to climb the table and be threatening at the right end.”

After back-to-back wins, Holloway already has one eye on the R’s next match, a trip to Nottingham Forest, where the R’s have never won in their history.

The gaffer is keen to rewrite the history books.

“Now what we’ve got to do is get a win at Forest,” he said.

“I’ve always liked going there. I’ve had some good results, but can we get that illusive first-ever win for QPR there?

“We believe that we can – and that would give us even more momentum."

This division is quite incredible at the moment – anybody can beat anybody.

Ian Holloway