Holloway praises players after QPR defeat

Ian Holloway was full of praise for his players after QPR’s defeat against Fulham but bemoaned their poor finishing and the manner of the visitors’ second goal.

Rangers were beaten 2-1 at Loftus Road, where Fulham survived a late barrage after Conor Washington’s injury-time goal.

The home side had a number of chances before and after pulling a goal back.

Holloway was proud of their efforts but felt his midfielders, who have been otherwise excellent this season, should have prevented Stefan Johansen’s late strike.

The Rangers boss said: “It was probably the first time (I’ve thought) ‘where’s my midfield?’ to be honest.

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“He should have been put in the stand by a midfield player. But (Josh) Scowen didn’t do it, (Luke) Freeman didn’t do it – it’s a square ball and how can they have two touches like that on the edge of our box?

“You’d have thought that would be a knife through our heart but we kept going and we should have actually got a point out of that.

“Sometimes in football you get what you deserve and sometimes you don’t, and unfortunately tonight we didn’t.

“Such is life, and I’ll be realistic that we can’t miss that many chances. In every game this season we have missed quite a significant chance to change things.

“But I’m proud of the players. I really couldn’t have asked for any more. Our supporters were magnificent and they gave the players a standing ovation at the end because of their efforts.”

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic insisted his side fully deserved their victory.