Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway insists QPR are not a long-ball team after win over Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 18:57 02 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:57 02 April 2018
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Rs got a lot of joy out of balls to Matt Smith against Canaries, but Holloway says his team have more strings to their bow
QPR manager Ian Holloway praised his team after a 4-1 win at home to Norwich City in the Championship and insisted they are about much more than long balls to Matt Smith.
After Ryan Manning’s freak own goal, target man Smith laid on the equaliser for Massimo Luongo and later headed the Rs in front.
Smith then set up Ebere Eze to make it 3-1 before Manning scored at the right end when he netted with a late header.
Teenage forward Eze, who recently broke into the Rangers side, was a threat throughout.
Holloway said: “We’ve got different skill-sets. Matt is as good at doing what he does as anyone in our league and in the top league.
“And we’ve got Ebere and what he’s got. He’s very exciting. I want him to create goals and score for us.
“I’m very pleased with him. He’s a wonderfully balanced, intelligent boy and he wants to learn.
“He glides and he floats. Ebere just beats you so easily. I want to encourage him to get in there and the team to give it to him.
“We’ve got belief and why wouldn’t you have that with the skill we have on the pitch? I can see us getting stronger and stronger.”
Luongo’s goal was his fourth in seven games and proved to be a pivotal moment in the game.
Holloway added: “I thought the lads showed terrific skill and mentality to score as early as we did. It was a fantastic goal - a couple of little one-twos.
“I gave Mass a rest the other day but we look fantastic when he’s in there in that form. He’s starting to get prolific.”
Norwich boss Daniel Farke, meanwhile, admitted his team failed to deal with QPR’s long ball tactics.
“Our whole preparation was nearly all about him,” said the 41-year-old German.
“That’s their style - long ball - and then he wins the headers and you have to win the second ball.
“I have the feeling they didn’t create any chance out of the game but anyhow they played the long balls and we lost the duels.”
The first half was almost too easy. We deserved to be in the lead and then we forgot our basics.
“The first thing is always to be there and to win the determining duels and we didn’t.
“It’s the first time in several months I have seen this face of my team. I’m totally annoyed that we lost.”