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Queens Park Rangers: Matt Smith wants QPR to use Bolton Wanderers match to build on positives from previous outing

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 February 2018

Queens Park Rangers forward Matt Smith (wearing 17) celebrates a goal earlier in the season (pic: Mark Kerton/PA)

Queens Park Rangers forward Matt Smith (wearing 17) celebrates a goal earlier in the season (pic: Mark Kerton/PA)

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Rs gave solid account of themselves in 2-1 defeat at Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend

Matt Smith is keen for Queens Park Rangers to build on the positives from their loss at Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend when they host struggling Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

The Rs return to Loftus Road this weekend off the back of a 2-1 loss at Molineux last time out.

Despite the result, there were plenty of pleasing aspects for QPR to take from their ultimately unsuccessful trip to Wolves.

And Smith has called on the Ian Holloway’s men to turn in a similar performance this weekend, knowing it could help them down the Trotters.

“Against a side like Wolves who are used to having lots of the ball, we contained them and really imposed ourselves on them,” the 28-year-old told the club website.

“We had plenty of chances, it’s a shame one didn’t drop for us.”

After a poor opening to the match at Wolves that saw QPR concede twice in the opening 21 minutes, the west Londoners improved after that.

Holloway’s men caused the runaway leaders some problems, and Smith felt the Loftus Road outfit deserved to take something out of the game.

“We’re all a bit disappointed not to come away with at least a point. I thought our second-half performance was terrific.

“Wolves caused us a lot of problems in the first half, particularly down their left-hand side, and we found it difficult.

“They could have been out of sight, but credit to the lads for keeping it to 2-0.

“At half-time we said if we get a goal we can make it very nervous for them and that’s exactly what we did. I thought we played really well.

“It’s an odd thing to say after a defeat, but I thought our second-half performance was probably up there with best 45 minutes we’ve played this season.”

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