Queens Park Rangers: QPR boss Ian Holloway determined to end run of poor results against Brentford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 April 2018

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Tim Goode/PA)

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Tim Goode/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Rs without a win in last four games in all competitions against fierce rivals

Bragging rights are at stake for Queens Park Rangers on Saturday when they visit fierce rivals Brentford in the Championship.

The Rs are chasing their first win over the Bees this season, having already drawn with Dean Smith’s men in the league after going out to them in the EFL Cup, both at Loftus Road.

History is against QPR, though, having won just once on five trips to Griffin Park this century.

Ian Holloway will be looking for a response from his team against Brentford having lost 2-1 at home to Preston North End last week.

The Rs had taken the lead against the Lilywhites, with Matt Smith netting in the 13th minute for his 10th goal of the season.

However, a brace from Callum Robinson saw Preston come from behind to claim all three points at Loftus Road.

Holloway expressed disappointment at his team’s display following that game, but says he is determined to get his first win over Brentford in his second spell as QPR boss.

“We’ll be trying everything to stop this rot that we’ve got against them at the moment,” he told the club website.

Holloway will be without defender Joel Lynch for the trip to Brentford after it was confirmed the Wales international would miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury.

QPR, however, could recall the likes of Alex Smithies and Luke Freeman to the starting XI at Griffin Park after the pair for the visit of Preston.

Last weekend saw Holloway hand chances to Matt Ingram in goal and Ryan Manning against the Lilywhites, and the Rs boss admits that was to allow him to assess his options ahead of the derby this weekend.

“I wanted to look at what I might have available for the Brentford game and how I might need to play against them,” he added.

“I also looked at how many games people have played. Most important, I looked at beating the opposition.

““The fundamental things we spoke about, for some reason we didn’t do. We managed to get ourselves in front, albeit probably against the run of play. Unfortunately, it then turned into a bit of a stalemate.

“We couldn’t get Ebere Eze on the ball, we couldn’t get those on the ball who we wanted to. In the end, we’ve gone and lost and it’s a little bit disappointing, to be honest.”

Holloway will hope to avoid similar disappointment at Brentford.

Latest Kilburn & Brent Stories

Yesterday, 17:24

A late strike from Lily Owsley saw England come from behind to grab a point in their Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup opener with India.

Yesterday, 11:30

Middlesex all-rounder James Fuller had mixed feelings after his stunning 6-28 haul proved in vain in a Vitality Blast T20 defeat at Hampshire.

Yesterday, 10:00

James Fuller’s six-wicket haul proved in vain as Middlesex lost to Hampshire in their latest Vitality Blast T20 match on Friday night.

A few days ago Jeremy Hunt MP, as the health secretary, acknowledged the NHS needed to do more to help problem gamblers as he unveiled a plaque to mark 10 years of Central and North West London Foundation Trust’s national problem gambling clinic – still the only NHS clinic designed to treat gambling disorders.

Yesterday, 08:00

NBA Crossover runs from August 10-12

Fri, 18:00

Rs to face German opposition twice in two days this weekend

Fri, 17:54

Alperton will be unrecognisable in 20 years’ time after planning chiefs gave the green light to almost 3,000 new homes and a host of community facilities.

Fri, 17:52

Music legend Nile Rodgers is opening the free international busking festival taking place in Wembley Park.


The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Kilburn sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now