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QPR boss Holloway frustrated by defeat at Reading

PUBLISHED: 08:22 31 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:22 31 March 2018

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Mike Egerton/PA)

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Mike Egerton/PA)

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QPR boss Ian Holloway felt his side should not have lost at struggling Championship rivals Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Good Friday.

Sone Aluko’s 13th-minute strike proved the difference between the two sides, as he capped a mazy run with a fierce strike past Alex Smithies.

It earned the Royals a first win in 10 and moved them six points above the relegation zone, while also ending QPR’s four-match unbeaten run in March.

But the visitors dominated for most of the 90 minutes, only to waste a series of chances, and Holloway was left with a great sense of frustration.

He said: “I thought that some of the performance was excellent but you don’t win games if you don’t take your chances and finish things off.

“That was probably the absolute classic of that today. With the chances that we created, we should not have lost that game.

“We should at least have had a point but, unfortunately, we haven’t. Sometimes, that’s the way it goes.

“It’s all about believing in yourselves and getting on a run. That’s very difficult in this division.”

Reading were reduced to 10 men late on when substitute Yann Kermorgant was dismissed for two bookable offences.

But new boss Paul Clement saw the home side hold on for the points after Jake Bidwell had a stoppage-time penalty saved by Vito Mannone.

Holloway added: “We’ve got a very young group who I’m delighted with.

“But we have to try to move forward as a club and I’m paid to do that.

“I feel that we’ve moved massively forward already, especially when you look at that performance.

“I’m delighted with my lads. I want them to grow and to believe. You get what you deserve in life if you keep going.

Reading’s former Swansea boss Clement added: “Our goal was worthy of being a match-winner. That was a big moment, as well as the penalty save at the end.

“It was a brilliant save from Vito and we got the three points that we needed and wanted. That everyone wanted.”

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