Holloway ‘delighted’ as QPR beat Burton

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA)

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Ian Holloway was “absolutely delighted” after watching QPR record their first-ever victory over Burton with a 3-1 win at the Pirelli Stadium.

The boss handed young striker Aramide Oteh a full debut against the Brewers and was rewarded with a goal just 33 minutes in, only for Albion’s experienced winger Lloyd Dyer to equalise within a minute.

After half-time Conor Washington hit a post before finally getting on the scoresheet when he rounded Stephen Bywater to fire into the empty net and Massimo Luongo sealed the three points with a clinical finish inside the last 10 minutes.

“I thought our performance was excellent,” said Holloway.

“We raised a few eyebrows by playing Rem (Oteh) in the team. I felt it was about changing the balance of the team and I thought Conor has taken not playing in the team very well and he looked really sharp and I wanted to throw them (Burton) a different challenge.

“Burton had to change their shape because we were dominating things. Unfortunately we missed a couple of opportunities and then when we did score they scored far too quickly for my liking.

“It’s really exciting with some of the young lads that we have and I need to make sure that we are moving forwards. We have a very big club and a very big set-up and my job is to try and bring us all together but today I will be going away from here absolutely delighted with everything.”

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In contrast, Nigel Clough was left to contemplate a 10th consecutive home league game without a win, a run which sees Burton still entrenched in the bottom three of the Sky Bet Championship.

“We didn’t play well enough and QPR deservedly won the game,” said Clough.

“We were outplayed by better players but we came in 1-1 at half-time which we probably didn’t deserve to be, to be honest, but we should have hung on and got something from the game.”

It was a lack of quality on the ball that upset Clough most as his side squandered possession too frequently.

“If we keep giving the ball away in certain areas of the pitch as we did today then any team in the Championship is going to punish you,” he added.

“It is difficult to explain when we have been so good in the last half a dozen games and yet we were nowhere near it today.”

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