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Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway delighted with match-winner Conor Washington after brace downs Reading

PUBLISHED: 17:50 05 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:50 05 August 2017

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Scott Heavey/PA)

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Scott Heavey/PA)

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QPR striker scored an opening-day double against Royals to leave his manager purring

Ian Holloway heaped praise on striker Conor Washington’s work rate after the forward’s two goals helped Queens Park Rangers beat Reading 2-0 in the Championship.

The Northern Ireland international scored his first when heading home a Pawel Wszolek cross in the opening half, before doubling up from the spot in the second period.

Despite the goals, it was Washington’s work rate that pleased Holloway the most, with the QPR boss delighted with the 25-year-old’s efforts.

“I’m pleased with where Conor ran and how he ran with Jamie Mackie helping him to get the ball back for us,” said Holloway.

“That’s what I’m pleased with because I’ve been telling him if he does that, he’ll get extra chances.

“He’s done it and proved a point. He’s said he wants to play up the middle. OK son. I don’t want to be on the left. OK son.

“We had to get that ball back first, and today up the middle he showed me he knew where to go and what to do to help us win it back.”

It was not just Washington’s work rate that earned praise from Holloway, though, with the QPR boss thrilled with how his team fared on the whole.

Against last season’s beaten play-off finalists, the west Londoners were in control for large parts against the Royals as they pressed high to win the ball back.

And Holloway was ecstatic with how everything came together for the Loftus Road club to start the new Championship season with a win.

“I thought the lads did fantastically well. The co-ordination of the two up front, pressing, closing and causing them all sorts of trouble was a joy to see from my point of view,” added the 54-year-old.

“We had to get it right and we had to get there. I wanted them to show their work rate.

“All the work we’ve done pre-season was to get them all in a really good place fitness wise and that was a huge point of it.

“Some of the things for us score-wise haven’t gone that well, but today it was about doing what we needed to do.

“I thought the two strikers were our best defenders because they chased and worked and caused them all sorts of problems.”

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