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Ollie proud in defeat after Villa loss

QPR manager Ian Holloway admitted he was proud of his side despite tonight’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Jonathan Kodija scored the only goal of the game in the fifth minute as Villa held on to secure all three points, despite a dominant second half display from the Hoops.

“I'm proud of the boys,” said Holloway.

“They scored a really good goal early on and we didn't cope with their movement.

“But after that we grew into things and in the second half we got better and better.

“We just couldn't get the equaliser we deserved.”

He added: “But I can't fault our performance.

“The switch of tactics, going 4-2-3-1, really gave us the impetus.

“We started to make it happen after that and that's why we came stronger and stronger as the game went on.

“We did everything we could do. We just couldn't break them down.

“We just ran out of time in the end.

“The togetherness of my side we there for all to see.

“I'm just disappointed our performance didn't get the result we deserved.”

Massimo Luongo’s display earned special praise from Holloway, who added: “I don't like singling out individuals but Massimo was outstanding.

“He was head and shoulders the best player on the pitch.

“He showed what a good player he is tonight.”

I don't like singling out individuals but Massimo was outstanding.

Ian Holloway
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