Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway disappointed with display in attacking third from QPR in defeat at Millwall
PUBLISHED: 10:30 30 December 2017
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QPR struggled to fashion chances at the Lions, and when they did, they were unable to take them
Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway criticised his team’s performance in the final third after going down 1-0 at former club Millwall in the Championship.
A Steve Morison goal 10 minutes into the second half proved the difference as the Rs saw their three-game unbeaten run in the league come to an end.
QPR struggled to create chances on their trip to south London, and when they did fashion an opportunity, they were unable to take them.
Defender Jake Bidwell had a free header late on in the first half when the score was goalless, but could only nod straight at Lions stopper Jordan Archer.
Matt Smith was another to go close, nodding a Luke Freeman corner agonisingly wide in the closing moments of the match.
Had either chance gone in, Holloway may have had something to celebrate on his return to The Den, but as it was, he was left to mull over another away day loss.
“They took a chance and we missed ours. It was a pretty robust game from both teams. There were not that many chances, so it was all down to who could take one,” said the 54-year-old.
“I’m sure Steve will be delighted, I don’t feel quite the same as you might guess.
“Matt had a good chance and so did Jake, but unfortunately at the minute we’re not making enough chances for the possession that we get.
“We couldn’t dent Millwall or the crowd. It’s all about the first goal, they got it and we didn’t. After that we huffed and puffed but couldn’t get going.”
On his first return to Millwall since being sacked in March 2015, Holloway was given a hostile reception by the home fans.
The Lions supporters regularly let the QPR boss know what they thought of him, while he was taunted with “you’re being sacked in the morning” at the end of the game.
But the former Millwall manager refused to be drawn much on the chants, adding: “I’m doing my job as I’ve always done it, and that’s it really. It’s what you’re paid to do.
“You pay your money, you make your choice, don’t you?”