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Holloway calls on QPR fans to be patient with under-fire Washington

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 January 2017

Queens Park Rangers' Conor Washington

Queens Park Rangers' Conor Washington

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QPR boss Ian Holloway maintains Conor Washington has a big part to play in his first-team plans and has urged supporters to remain patient with the striker.

Washington has struggled for form since joining from Peterborough for £3million a year ago, notching just three goals to date – but Holloway has backed the former non-league hitman to come good.

He told the Times: “He’s a huge part of my plans, I really like the look of him.

“He’s had a problem with his soleus muscle [in his calf]. It’s a stabilising type of injury and it’s a nightmare to have if you get one.

“That’s what plagued me at the end of my career. You feel like you can run, but you lose all sorts of balance.

“In the new system we’ve been playing, I believe he can play really well in it, and I just want people to be patient.”

Holloway says he does not want a repeat of the situation which forced him to move Ben Gladwin on, after some sections of the support booed the 24-year-old when he was substitued after a below-par display against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup earlier this month.

“Gladwin’s gone back to Swindon and scored a goal. It’s because the Swindon crowd like him and ours don’t,” said the Rs manager.

“I don’t think he could ever score for us if our fans keep on chanting against him, like when I gave him a chance before.

“Is it rocket science? Are Bolton that far away from us? How can he play for Swindon and score a goal straight away?

“If you had a teacher who screamed at you and said ‘you’re rubbish’ all the time, could you actually achieve anything? I don’t think so.

“I think the lad got unfairly treated at the end of the day. I was getting pelters as well but, hold on, what’s your problem?

“It’s really annoying. I don’t mind you paying money and having your opinions, but shout at the ones you do like. It wouldn’t half make my job easier if I’m trying to encourage them.

“Instead of picking them up from the floor... I’ve have to pick him up from his braces a couple of times.

“Why is that? I’ve done that before with Mr Senior Furlong (Paul). I don’t really want to have to do that again, but I need some help.

“I believe everyone deserves a chance. Is Ben that bad? I don’t think so. Has he got a chance here? I don’t know.”

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