Ollie reflects on Cardiff defeat

QPR boss Ian Holloway refused to be too downbeat despite today’s 2-1 defeat to table-topping Cardiff City.

Rangers led at the CCS courtesy of Matt Smith’s header, but two goals before the break from Junior Hoilett and Sol Bamba – the second arriving on the stroke of half-time – proved to be the difference.

“I wasn’t too disappointed with the performance to be honest,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk.

“They’re riding the crest of the wave and their front-line are very impressive.

“I thought we matched them for spells – but the manner of their first goal knocked the stuffing out of us.

“We could’ve probably cleared it down the line first and then we didn’t deal with it well enough thereafter.

“Hoilett gambled and it ricocheted off him and in – it was a cruel blow.

“And then the second goal was a free header – on the stroke of half-time. It’s a horrible time to concede.”

He added: “I thought Cardiff really improved after the break and could’ve blown us away – but we stood firm.

“We almost nicked an equaliser at the end, which our effort, hard-work and resilience maybe deserved.

“It’s small margins in this division.

“But I can’t be too downbeat.

“I don’t want to get too down because I felt we gave a good account of ourselves.”

With just a handful of days until the summer transfer window slams shut, Holloway confirmed he is hoping to add to his squad, which he believes will allow him to build for a positive season.

“We’ve had a tough start, playing some very good teams,” he said.

“I don’t think we’re too far off having a group that can do well this season. I think we’re showing signs of being a good team.

“Hopefully we can get some business done this week to add to the group.”

I don’t want to get too down because I felt we gave a good account of ourselves

Ian Holloway
R's managers past and present were in good spirits at kick-off.