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QPR not such an easy touch, say boss Ian Holloway ahead of Canaries visit

PUBLISHED: 12:32 01 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:32 01 April 2018

Ian Holloway in full flow during QPR's defeat at Carrow Road back in August. His team have toughened up since then, he says. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Ian Holloway in full flow during QPR's defeat at Carrow Road back in August. His team have toughened up since then, he says. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City may have been the ones ruffling feathers when they last met Queens Park Rangers – but Ian Holloway believes his side are tougher cookies nowadays.

Back in August City came out 2-0 winners, thanks to goals from Nelson Oliveira and Harrison Reed. City were also Holloway’s first opponents on his return to Loftus Road in November, 2016, a game his team won but which left an uncomfortable feeling of vulnerability.

Now, he says, things have changed.

“I’ve always found Norwich to be tough opponents, particularly at Carrow Road,” he told Rangers’ official website.

“My first game back at QPR was also against the Canaries last season. We won 2-1 here but good god, it was hard going.

“They went down to 10 men with only a couple of minutes played. Then we missed a penalty but went 2-0 up.

“We had a player more and should have been loving it – instead they almost equalised at the end.

“However, I don’t feel like we’re as vulnerable anymore. I think we’ll be at it, we’ll be ready.

“Earlier in the season, it was a largely good performance from us away from home at Carrow Road. But we let in two goals in quick succession and that ruffled us.

“Fortunately, I don’t think we can be ruffled as much anymore.

“I expect them to cause us lots of problems like I do every side in this division, but then I expect us to cause them all sorts of problems also. I’m looking forward to it.”

Rangers go into today’s game on the back of a 1-0 defeat at Reading on Friday – the Royals’ first win in 10 but QPR’s first defeat after a four-match unbeaten run in March.

Rangers dominated much of the game, only to waste a series of chances, leaving Holloway frustrated.

He said: “I thought that some of the performance was excellent but you don’t win games if you don’t take your chances and finish things off. That was probably the absolute classic of that today. With the chances that we created, we should not have lost that game.

“We should at least have had a point but, unfortunately, we haven’t. Sometimes, that’s the way it goes.

“It’s all about believing in yourselves and getting on a run. That’s very difficult in this division.”

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