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Holloway praises Smith after QPR win

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Ian Holloway believes Matt Smith has benefited from being given extra training in order to improve the QPR striker’s fitness.

Joel Lynch’s opener and Smith’s injury-time header gave Rangers a 2-0 victory over 10-man Bolton at Loftus Road.

Target man Smith missed a number of chances before eventually finding the net.

“Even Ruud van Nistelrooy needed four chances to take one,” said R’s boss Holloway.

“I’m delighted with Matt because I’ve been working him – we’re bringing him in earlier than everyone else.

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“We feel he can get a lot fitter than he has been before. He’s feeling the benefit of it.”

Holloway added: “We were professional and we did what we needed to do. I’m delighted with that.

“Even though we didn’t get what we deserved in the first half, we still kept going and we looked dangerous.

“Hopefully our fans will go away feeling happy and feeling that actually that wasn’t bad.

“The performance today I thought merited a pat on the back for my lads because I thought they were professional.”

Meanwhile, Bolton manager Phil Parkinson insisted the match officials had been influenced by Holloway and the Loftus Road crowd.