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Ollie proud despite Leeds ‘dampener’

IAN Holloway admitted he was still proud of his QPR side despite the ‘dampener’ of a 2-0 defeat at Leeds United this afternoon.

As the curtain came down on the 2017/18 campaign, a youthful R’s side went down to goals from Kemar Roofe and Kalvin Phillips.

“I didn’t see what I wanted to see today,” Ollie told www.qpr.co.uk afterwards.

“That’s probably because of the changing of the guard, with the new younger lads coming in for the more experienced pros who are leaving us.

“Last week I put on three experienced players who were able to turn a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City into a 3-1 win.

“I didn’t have the luxury of that today because I wanted to use the younger lads to give them experience for next season.

“And I’ve just said to them in there, what a wonderful place to come and learn when there is a crowd like there was today.”

In front of a gate of 30,004, Leeds secured victory with goals in each half and Holloway added: “It has put a bit of a dampener on things.

“We didn’t hurt them enough and we didn’t test them enough, attacking wise. We didn’t give anywhere near enough support to Matt Smith up front.

“We conceded a goal from a set play where their player is unmarked in front of goal and then we tried to play it out and got that wrong, and they made it two.”

Joe Lumley, Darnell Furlong, Ryan Manning, Ebere Eze and Ilias Chair were all in the starting lineup, and Ollie admitted: “The young lads have got to learn but there was probably too many youngsters in there to learn all together.

“But I will say that I think Leeds played very well. They moved the ball well and caused us problems.

“I am still very proud of the young lads we have got coming through.”

I am very proud of the young lads we have got coming through.

Ian Holloway