Holloway speaks of emotion at his welcome from QPR fans

Ian Holloway admitted that he struggled to keep his emotions in check before his first match since returning as QPR as manager.

Holloway was given a hero’s welcome by the home fans at Loftus Road, where his team beat Norwich 2-1.

It was an eventful return for Holloway – Tjaronn Chery missed a penalty after Norwich’s Martin Olsson had been sent off in the first minute, before goals from Conor Washington and Sebastian Polter followed.

“To get that welcome, I felt emotional. What joy,” Holloway said at his post-match press conference.

“When I heard the ‘Hoops’ song being played, I had to steady myself in the tunnel. It’s my favourite song and I didn’t want to go out there with a tear in my eye.

“Then, it was so bizarre. I’ve never seen an incident like that so early in a game and then we missed the penalty.

“After the flat line I’ve been living, what a reintroduction! I feel like I’ve been on one of those rides at Disneyworld.”

Rangers endured some uncertain moments in the second half, particularly after Steven Naismith pulled a goal back for Norwich with 13 minutes remaining.

“We got a lot of things wrong and I could see a lack of belief after Norwich scored. We stopped passing and using the extra man,” Holloway admitted.

“But I was looking for character and I know we have it. Long may that continue.

“To win games at this level you always need a bit of luck. All teams will have minutes (of pressure) no matter how many players they have on the pitch.

“Phew. We’ve got the three points and now I can show them. Because that’s what you do; you do it, you review it, and then you redo it.”

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