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QPR’s poor defending angers Holloway

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Ian Holloway bemoaned the defensive lapses which led to QPR’s defeat against Middlesbrough.

Rangers were beaten 3-0 at Loftus Road, where Daniel Ayala headed in unmarked and George Friend was given time and space before blasting home from long range.

Adama Traore sealed Boro’s win with a late third.

“In the first 15 minutes we were causing them all sorts of trouble and I can assure you that (Boro boss) Tony Pulis, who’s a friend of mine, wasn’t too happy,” Rangers boss Holloway said.

“But unfortunately we got undone by a corner, which they’re brilliant at and we’re normally good at.

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“We lost a flick at the near post and then Ayala is standing there and heads it in. It’s a mountain to climb after that.

“That gave them a lift, they started popping it around, and when George Friend gets it 25 yards out and he shoots and it goes straight in my net, I’m fuming.

“Someone should have been there taking it in the ‘bread basket’ or other areas you don’t really want to speak about, or on the thigh, and block it, which we normally do.

“Then Tony can do what he’s very good at, which is to give you no space, and they can then cruise.”

Meanwhile, Holloway revealed that David Wheeler must have an ankle operation.