We let ourselves down says QPR boss Holloway

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic Barrington Coombs/PA)

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

QPR manager Ian Holloway believes his side let down former player-manager Ray Wilkins, who died aged 61 on Wednesday, in their 4-0 loss at Hull City.

Both sets of supporters paid tribute to the former England international with a minute’s applause before kick-off but Holloway was disenchanted with the level of performance the Rs produced.

Goals from Harry Wilson, Kamil Grosicki, Abel Hernandez and an Alex Smithies own goal gave Hull a first win in four matches before QPR’s Nedum Onuoha was sent off in stoppage time.

“Life is tough as we all found out this week,” said Holloway.

“I wanted my team to give a performance that would have made my old team-mate, my old manager proud. Unfortunately I didn’t see any of them do that.

“We got beat by the better team on the day. We gave the ball away so badly that it is almost unrecognisable. We didn’t press well.

“They are good going forward. They have talented people going forward. They have some ex-Premier League players and you could see that and unfortunately we needed to score the second goal, and we didn’t.”

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Holloway also launched a scathing attack on his midfielder Josh Scowen for the challenge which sparked the late melee that saw captain Onuoha sent off.

“Scowen should have been sent off,” he said. “It’s an absolutely scandalous tackle, in my opinion. I’m going to hammer him.

“He got angry because they were playing around us. That’s why you have to take your medicine. Don’t kick out at someone like that.

“Nedum came across to protect him from number 22 (Markus Henriksen), who looked as aggressive, but my man should have got sent off then that would have taught him the right lesson.”

The result boosted Hull’s chances of survival – leaving them seven points clear of the relegation zone on 44, with five matches remaining.

Boss Nigel Adkins added: “QPR have been in good form, excellent form, so we knew it was going to be challenging.

“For me it was a good result, a clean sheet, four goals, which is important and a positive result to have.”