Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway hails QPR belief after draw at Fulham
PUBLISHED: 15:26 17 March 2018
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Rs came from two goals down to draw at Whites
Queens Park Ramgers boss Ian Holloway hailed his team’s belief after coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Fulham in the Championship.
Goals from Tom Cairney and Lucas Piazon looked to be sending the Whites into the break two goals to the good.
However, a goal in first-half stoppage time from Massimo Luongo, who scored on the turn, gave the Rs hope.
And with less than 10 minutes remaining in the match, the comeback was complete when Pawel Wszolek netted after robbing Denis Odoi of the ball.
The draw ensured Rs head into the international break without a defeat in their last four, taking a giant stride towards safety in the process.
And Holloway was delighted with how his team battled back to earn a point at Craven Cottage.
“You go 2-0 down at a place like this, and the form they’re in, you have to congratulate our fans and the players for believing in themselves,” the 54-year-old told the club website.
After taking their time to get going, QPR were dominant in the second half, with Wszolek’s goal just rewards.
It could have been even better for the Rs, who went close to a winner through a powerful cross-shot from Jake Bidwell.
And Holloway admits his team could have come away with all three points, such was their display in the second period.
“We looked a very good team in the end. To be honest, how we haven’t won it I don’t know!” he added.
Luongo’s goal at the end of first-half stoppage time looks to have been a game changer, preventing the Loftus Road outfit from trailing by two at the break.
It seemed to galvanise the Rs, and Holloway acknowledged QPR looked the better team after the interval.
“Fulham certainly didn’t look as good in the second half and that was down to what we did to them,” said the former Crystal Palace boss.
“We got what we deserved in the end which was at least a point. I’m delighted for the boys because that was a really good, spirited fightback.”
It certainly was a spirited fightback from QPR and one that will have pleased their boss no end.