Holloway faces ‘right headache’ after QPR victory

QPR manager Ian Holloway admitted he faces a selection headache after his much-changed side beat Barnsley 2-1 at Loftus Road.

Holloway’s five changes included Idrissa Sylla and Yeni Ngbakoto replacing strikers Conor Washington and Matt Smith.

The decision was vindicated, with Ngbakoto crossing for Sylla to score the opening goal.

An own goal by Angus MacDonald doubled Rangers’ lead before Tom Bradshaw pulled one back for the Tykes.

Holloway, whose team travel to Leeds this weekend, said: “I’m very pleased I can make five changes and the team play as well as that. It’s a good feeling in that dressing room.

“It proves to me that the group are enjoying what they’re doing and have accepted my decisions fantastically well.

“We’ve rested a couple who will be playing on Saturday and we’re starting to feel like we’re not a bad unit.

“The team rose to what I wanted to do, so I’m going to have a right headache thinking about who I won’t take on that bus.

“Unfortunately I can’t take everybody. But hopefully they’ll take it in the right way.”

Sylla has responded since being ordered to improve his work-rate by Holloway.

And Ngbakoto, whose father died soon after the French winger’s summer move from Metz, has looked noticeably sharper since recently being told to lose weight.

“They’ve had to adapt to living in this country,” Holloway said.

“One of them lost his father and the other came from Anderlecht, where it’s totally different.

“One of them was slightly overweight and the other didn’t quite run as hard as everyone else.

“Sylla’s closing down was as good as anyone’s and that’s what I’ve asked him to do.

“I’m delighted with the changes and I’m delighted with everybody, and on the training ground the attitude is exactly what I demand.”