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Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway wants EFL Cup first round played in pre-season

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 August 2017

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Scott Heavey/PA)

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway (pic: Scott Heavey/PA)

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QPR boss not a fan of current position in calendar for opening matches in tournament

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway wants the first round of the EFL Cup to be played during pre-season (pic: Steve Paston/PA)Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway wants the first round of the EFL Cup to be played during pre-season (pic: Steve Paston/PA)

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway said he would like to see the first round of the EFL Cup played during pre-season in future.

The QPR boss was speaking after his side reached the second round of this year’s tournament following a 1-0 win at home to League One side Northampton Town, with Yeni Ngbakoto on target for the west Londoners.

Holloway made nine changes for the match from the starting XI that beat Reading 2-0 at home in the Championship on Saturday.

The cup tie was also watched by a crowd of just 4,317 at Loftus Road, down over 10,000 on the attendance against the Royals.

But Holloway believes the first round of the competition could receive a boost if it were played before the league season kicked off.

“I don’t understand this competition at the moment, I would do it very differently,” said the 54-year-old.

“I would put the game ahead of the start of the season as the last friendly, but call it the ‘Carabao Cup’. It wouldn’t be a friendly, but it would relieve all sorts of pressure.

“I have to get ready for Saturday (away to Sheffield Wednesday), so I had to play a team that I didn’t feel was as balanced as I would have wanted it to be with legs and passing and running.”

The draw for the second round of the competition takes place following the conclusion of the tie between Sunderland and Bury tonight, with Premier League teams not in European competition set to enter.

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