Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway stands by decision to make 10 changes after loss to Brentford in Carabao Cup
PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 August 2017
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QPR boss says he would do the same again if given the chance, despite defeat to local rivals
Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway says he has no regrets in making so many changes for his team’s Carabao Cup second round tie, despite losing 4-1 at home to local rivals Brentford.
Rs made 10 changes for the tie following Saturday’s 2-1 win in the Sky Bet Championship at home to Hull City, with Alex Baptiste the only man to retain his starting spot.
After a disastrous opening 32 minutes at Loftus Road, QPR trailed 3-0, though a Darnell Furlong header two minutes before half time offered a glimmer of hope.
However, that hope was extinguished with seven minutes left in the match when Josh Clarke struck on the break to seal the win for the Bees.
The defeat brought an end to QPR’s participation in this year’s EFL Cup, but Holloway was adamant that making so many alterations to his starting XI was the right thing to do in the long run.
“I made 10 changes and I will stand by that,” said the 54-year-old.
“I wanted the other ones to show me what it’s about. Where they were ready to take on Brentford? It didn’t look like it, but there were a lot of positives for me.
“I would make the same decision again because the league campaign is absolutely vital for us.”
After a poor first half, QPR seemed to rally at the start of the second, with both Furlong and Idrissa Sylla missing chances to cut the gap to just the one gal.
And Holloways feels that had his team got the match back to 3-2, they could have gone on to win.
“It’s disappointing at the end. They’ve turned us over. I thought the fifth goal of the game was vital and it looked like we should get it,” he added.
“It’s fine margins at this level. We’ve had some really great chances and didn’t take them; they were very clinical and punished us.
“I was pleased with the response in the second half, we pinned them in for long periods, but unfortunately Furlong didn’t finish that one, Sylla didn’t finish that one and I felt we needed it.”