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Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway looking to put lessons learnt from previous Brentford game to good use

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 November 2017

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Mark Kerton/PA)

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Mark Kerton/PA)

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QPR were beaten by Bees in Carabao Cup earlier in season

Queens Park Rangers boss Ian Holloway says he learnt a lot from his side’s defeat to Brentford in the Carabao Cup earlier this season as the west London rivals prepare to meet in the Championship on Monday night.

The Rs were knocked out in the second round of the cup this term after going down 4-1 at home to the Bees in August.

However, QPR manager Holloway made 10 changes to his starting XI for that tie and it is highly unlikely he will make a similar number of alterations on Monday.

Brentford, managed by Dean Smith, also made plenty of changes for that cup tie clash earlier in the season, but Holloway insists he still took a lot out of that derby.

“We lost to them in the cup with a lot of changes. I learnt a lot from that game,” the 54-year-old told the club website.

“We need a win and what an opportunity this is for us against one of our neighbours.

“Brentford have been patient building their identity. They’ve got good footballers who move the ball well.

“We’re creating our identity still, but I’m still encouraged by what I’ve seen from us for long spells this season.”

• QPR and Brentford fans are being encouraged to stand up in the 10th minute of the derby to show their support for Stan Bowles.

The legendary winger, who played for both clubs, is currently battling against Alzheimer’s.

To donate towards Bowles’ ongoing care, visit www.gofundme.com/StanBowles.

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