Holloway Takes Second Half Positives
Queens Park Rangers' gaffer Ian Holloway has said he will take the positives from the second half showing in the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.
With the hosts giving themselves a two goal advantage as they found the net in the 12th and 21st minutes of the first half, the Championship's title favourites look set for victory but with marked improvement in the second period and Conor Washington making it a one goal game with his 51st minute effort, Holloway felt that by the end it was a narrow defeat for us that gave plenty of positives to take away from our trip to the Molineux.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, Ollie explained.
'Unfortunately, we missed two chances early on and that really would have helped us - and knocked the stuffing out of them a little bit. The nature of the two goals we let in was disappointing. We almost gifted them that and I was very upset at half-time. But the lads gave a rousing performance after that. We needed the next goal and we got it.'
Holloway went on to say.
'It was tough, on a big pitch like Molineux and against the confidence levels that Wolves have. Well done to them - the way they play is excellent and their manager Nuno Espirito Santo has taken the club miles forward. However, we created enough and just couldn`t take our chances.'
With the introduction of Ebere Eze and Matt Smith either side of the half time break, Holloway acknowledged they seemed to help lift our performance levels and they took praise based on that.
'All I want is for my lads to make a difference when they come off the bench - and they certainly did that. I`m delighted with that and I thought we showed more than enough nous. We just needed to get an equaliser. That would have made things interesting. We needed to take another of our chances. Unfortunately, we couldn`t, and Wolves had a few of their own at the end, too, as we tried to come back into the game.'
With QPR playing hosts to Bolton Wanderers at Loftus Road next weekend, he ended by saying.
'I`m gutted - but that performance in the second half gave me a lot of confidence. At this level, it`s all about taking your chances. You need to be totally and utterly clinical. Wolves were, we weren`t. That was the biggest difference. But I`m not knocking anybody. I believe we`re getting better.'