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Monday, January 14, 2008

Ian Holloway's Final QPR Victory

Marking two years ago, today, January 14, 2006, that Ian Holloway chalked up his his final victory for QPR. QPR played Southampton at Loftus Road. QPR won 1-0 through a Richard Langley penalty in what was Walcott's last game for Southampton before joining Arsenal. After their Southampton victory, QPR were 5 points out of a playoff spot.
After this match, QPR lost their next three games: (Luton, Away; Leicester, home and Leeds, away and Holloway was placed on Gardening Leave, having interviewed for the Leicester job being the given reason by Chairman Paladini.
The two teams:
QPR: Royce, Bignot, Shittu, Rose, Ainsworth, Santos, Cook, Baidoo, Furlong, Lomas, Langley. Subs: Milanese, Evatt, Moore, Donnelly, Taylor.
Southampton: Smith, Lundekvam, Powell, Oakley, Quashie, Higginbotham, Kenton, Blackstock, Balmadi, Walcott, Dyer. Subs: Bialkowski, Fuller, Jones, Cranie, Prutton.
See Times Match Report Times Match Report

January 14, 2006: QPR Official Site - Holloway's Post Match Comments
Ian Holloway heaped praise on comeback king Steve Lomas, after the Hoops beat Southampton 1-0 at Loftus Road.
Returning to the Rangers line-up after a three month absence due to injury, Lomas was instrumental as Rangers jumped to 11th in the Championship.
"We played really well. I thought we were terrific from start to finish.
"Steve Lomas made a huge difference and we looked a lot more solid with him in the side. He's the voice that the team needs.
"He's a fantastic leader and alongside Richard Langley, the pair of them were absolutely fantastic.
"It was a big result for us and we worked very hard to get it.''
Rangers, who have now registered 10 points from their last four matches, are just five points adrift of the play-off's and with the addition of two new players in the last 24 hours, Ollie is in buoyant mood.
"We had a good balance today and that was key.
"We've got young kids knocking on the door and it's nice to have some genuine, young quality in the squad now.
"All my players worked their socks off today and I'm delighted with the three points.
"We've got a huge list of transfer targets. I'm really grateful to Blackburn for giving me Andy Taylor. He looks quality and the addition of the Polish lad, who can play right back or centre back, is a huge signing.
"He's 21, big, strong and quick and we've beaten a lot of clubs to his signature so I'm delighted.' QPR

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