Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway says Ray Wilkins would have enjoyed QPR display against Sheffield Wednesday
PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 April 2018
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An Idrissa Sylla brace and goals from Paul Smyth and Jake Bidwell helped the Rs to a 4-2 victory
Queens Park Rangers boss Ian Holloway believes his team’s fast start in their 4-2 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship would have had the late, great Ray Wilkins smiling.
The Rs were playing their first game at Loftus Road since the passing of their former player and manager Wilkins on April 4.
QPR paid tribute to Wilkins against the Owls with a minute’s applause before kick-off and club ambassador Andy Sinton spoke passionately about his former team-mate at half time.
On the pitch, Paul Smyth, Jake Bidwell and Idrissa Sylla all netted inside the opening 15 minutes at the west Londoners raced into a 3-0 lead.
Sylla added his second from the spot early in the second half, though the Rs were made to sweat as Fernando Forestieri and Atdhe Nuhiu netted for Wednesday.
In the end, QPR held on to win comfortably, and Holloway believes his former team-mate and manager Wilkins would have enjoyed the performance.
“Sometimes football is about setting out your intention to put the other team under pressure,” said the 54-year-old.
“After last Saturday, we were talking about can we move, can we do things, but if you put it up there and squeeze the opposition and force them, you can make them make mistakes.
“We were clinical and it was absolutely wonderful. The finish from ‘Bids’ was as good as anything, so I know Ray will be smiling up there.
“He might not have been smiling at 4-2, but that’s us and we always make it hard work.”
Against the Owls, Sylla marked his return to the starting XI in emphatic fashion with two goals.
The Guinea international made his first start since the loss at Millwall on December 29, and marked it with his first goals since the win at home to Sheffield Wednesday on October 31.
Sylla’s efforts against Wednesday were a timely reminder of the 27-year-old’s ability, and Holloway was pleased for the forward.
“Sylla showed us what he’s got and what he’s about,” added the QPR manager.