Holloway: We have Spirit

QPR came from behind to beat recently relegated Hull City at Loftus Road. Idrissa Sylla scoring a stoppage-time winner to secure all three points.

It was the visitors who took the lead when David Meyler crossed the ball in from the right and Jarrod Bowen slotted the ball home, underneath the diving QPR keeper Alex Smithies.

Rangers big striker Matt Smith scored an equalising goal in the 74th minute.

QPR then stole the winning goal, a punt forward by goalkeeper Smithies found its way to Washington, who lobbed the ball over the Tigers keeper McGregor. Sylla forced the ball home to give Ian Holloway’s side victory.

Hull did have a glorious chance to equalise moments later, however Smith cleared Michael Hector’s far-post header off the line in the dying moments.

QPR manger Ian Holloway said on his side’s spirit: “Our fans won’t know that LuaLua’s father passed away last night and he still wanted to play. It was tough out there for him and that’s why I took him off. He blamed himself for the goal but he didn’t mean to do that. He’s a really good fella. On a personal level, I played the day I lost my dad and it’s not easy.

“They are in a great place at the moment that was character, James Perch did his knee and I wanted him to come off and he wouldn’t come off. I should be happy about that but part of me wants to tell him off for not doing as he was told. It shows the spirit we’ve got. They’re learning as a group and I’m loving what they’re doing at the moment. I think our identity’s coming. It won’t be the best looking at times but we’re going to build a name for ourselves for not giving in.”

Meanwhile Hull City manager Leonid Slutsky was disappointed in the result: “Of course I am very disappointed. It’s a very difficult time for us – a very difficult period. We played with maximum energy and showed willpower, but it is a very difficult time. We will keep on fighting. Smith changed the game. We were not very good at controlling the second ball.”


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