Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway expecting response from QPR against Sheffield Wednesday
PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 April 2018
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Rs lost 4-0 at Hull City on Saturday and will hope for much better against the Owls
Ian Holloway hopes his Queens Park Rangers team can quickly move on from a disappointing result in the Championship on Saturday when they host Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.
The Rs suffered a devastating 4-0 defeat away to Hull City at the weekend and also had skipper Nedum Onuoha sent off.
Holloway acknowledged the display was far from the west Londoners’ best, but he is confident of a response against the Owls at Loftus Road.
“I hate the feeling of defeats like the Hull one. It was a really bad day at the office for us,” he told the club website.
“If you’re a golfer and you hook one in the bushes, you’ve just got to get on with it.
“There are plenty of things to show the boys in terms of where they went wrong, but I want to concentrate on what they’ve been doing well.
“I think we’re moving forward, and we only need four more points between now and the end of the campaign to better last season’s total. Can we do that?
“We’re going to have to work hard to get the three points against Sheffield Wednesday, but I believe we can get them.”
The Sheffield Wednesday game looks set to be an emotional one for QPR, who will be playing at Loftus Road for the first time since former player and manager Ray Wilkins passed away last week.
Holloway both played alongside and played under Wilkins during stint with the Rs in his playing career,
And the 54-year-old is expecting Tuesday to be an emotional evening for all involved with the west Londoners.
Holloway added: “It’s extremely tough to have to say goodbye to Ray — and I can’t say anything more than ‘thank you’.
“He was a magnificent man who cared about everyone. He helped me to learn about life and what you can achieve by believing.
“Ray was always so positive and I’m trying to be like that for my team. I’ve tried to be like that for all my life since I met him.
“I turned up here when I was 29 having seen Ray play for England over and over again.
“He was five years older than me. The welcome he gave me and the way he made me feel is why I think I love QPR, to be honest.
“It was both an honour and a privilege to know Ray, and I want my team to play well for him tonight.”