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Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway labels QPR defending for Derby County goal ‘disgusting’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:24 07 March 2018

Luke Freeman of Queens Park Rangers challenges Derby County's Bradley Johnson for the ball (pic: Tim Goode/PA)

Luke Freeman of Queens Park Rangers challenges Derby County's Bradley Johnson for the ball (pic: Tim Goode/PA)

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Rs boss left to fume once more despite late Massimo Luongo header earning west Londoners a point

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway expressed his anger at the manner in which in his team conceded against Derby County in the Championship on Tuesday.

A late Massimo Luongo header secured a point for the Rs after Weimann had fired the Rams ahead in the first half at Loftus Road.

In the build-up to Weimann’s goal, Derby team-mate Kasey Palmer, on loan from Chelsea, waltzed past four QPR defenders before teeing up the Austrian forward, who was able to apply the requisite finsih from close range.

And that is something which invoked the ire of Holloway, who believes his side have to be a bit cuter with their defending in future.

“We went a goal down against the run of the play. The biggest difference is that if it was one of our players, they would have gone past one defender, but the second defender would have brought them down,” said the former Crystal Palace boss.

“That’s part of the game, we didn’t do that and they scored totally and utterly against the run of play.

“I’m disgusted with the goal we conceded because you have to have a bit of nous about you.

“I was delighted with everything else, I felt we kept going, but we have to get the balance of when we hit ‘Smithy’ (Matt Smith) and when we move it.”

Despite trailing for almost 50 minutes, the Rs could have won the game in stoppage time through an unlikely source.

Defender Joel Lynch was introduced as a makeshift striker, replacing Smith, who is an attacker by trade.

Even though he was playing out of position, Lynch showed great awareness to create a one-on-one situation with Derby stopper Scott Carson in stoppage time, but the QPR man was denied by the keeper.

Had Lynch scored, he would have fully justified his manager’s decision to throw him on up top, but Holloway still thinks the Welsh international did despite not hitting the target.

“Right at the end, people’s eyebrows went up when I brought Lynch on,” added the 54-year-old.

“Matt was worn out and gone, so I asked ‘Lynchy’ to go up front and he almost won us the game.

“If he had three more chances, I believe he would have taken one because of his ability.

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