Holloway admits his attempts to rouse QPR players have not worked

Ian Holloway says he plans to ditch emotion-charged pre-match speeches, admitting they have not been working.

The QPR boss urged his players to deliver a rousing performance at Hull as a worthy tribute to his former team-mate Ray Wilkins, who died this week.

They were beaten 4-0, having also lost after previous dressing-room speeches by Holloway.

He similarly tried to rally his players before their defeat at Bristol City, where he gets jeered because of his association with Bristol Rovers, and his former club Millwall, where he is also deeply unpopular among fans.

Reflecting on Saturday’s poor display, Holloway said: “I’m never shocked in football, but I didn’t expect that.

“I gave them a big speech about my mucker in midfield and I wanted them to play well.

“Every time I seem to get my emotion into them – Bristol City away we lost to 10 men, Millwall we lost.

“So I’d rather not get emotional anymore. Just do your job. We didn’t do it well enough.”

Holloway also hit out at the home fans for barracking Nedum Onuoha and said he would “hammer” QPR midfielder Josh Scowen for the challenge which sparked a confrontation with Hull’s Markus Henriksen and led to Onuoha being sent off.