Holloway calls for fans to give QPR the ‘chance to shine’

Date published: Wednesday 30th November 2016 4:11

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QPR manager Ian Holloway has called for fans to give his players the “chance to shine” as he prepares for his third game in charge against Wolves on Thursday night.

Just over two weeks ago, Holloway returned to the club he managed 10 years previously following the sacking of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and began his second reign with a home win over Norwich.

But a 3-0 defeat at Ipswich last weekend reminded Holloway of the task at hand as the Hoops host strugglers Wolves at Lotfus Road in front of the television cameras and he believes the fans can set a platform for the players to flourish.

“You don’t just come into a finished article – that’s not how this game works,” Holloway told QPR’s official website.

“I need the fans to understand that too. We’ve got some great lads here who we want to help shine.

“Let’s give these lads a chance to shine because I tell you what, when I see them every day and the way they go about their business here, they don’t half wear that shirt with pride. I need to help create an atmosphere where they can flourish and that’s what I intend to do. That’s what it’s all about.

“We need to stick to the process – that’s the most important thing. The boys understand what I’m saying and I can see that already. We need to lose the nervous energy. If you’re a tennis player and you’re 0-40 down, and you start thinking about the score, you’ve got no chance.

“Unfortunately, a lot of footballers these days, that’s what they do – but this group has great belief.

“So we’ve got to keep the players’ minds on the process. I believe if we do that, we’ll win a lot more games than we lose.”

The match also sees Paul Lambert take charge of his third match in the Wolves hot-seat after signing a one-year contract earlier this month.

Wolves are winless in their last nine Championship games as Lambert is yet to taste victory since his appointment and the former Norwich manager insists his side are amongst the fight to avoid relegation.

“We’re in a fight,” Lambert said at Tuesday’s preview press conference.

“If anyone is ignorant to it then they’re not looking at reality. We’re in a fight and we have to win games. It’s as simple as that.

“There are a few of us as well, there’s not too many points between mid-table and the bottom lads. It’s something we have to realise and that it’s not going to be plain sailing if we’re here for a nice little run in the table. You have to have a realism of what you’re involved in.

“I think it’s important (for players to be aware), people have to realise it and you can be oblivious to it. Before you know it you can be right in it. We have some good players but I also think they need a bit of help.”




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