Ws­zolek leaves it late to lift QPR

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John Wragg

IAN Hol­loway will not be get­ting sacked in the morn­ing, so let the singing cease.

Ex­tro­vert Hol­loway con­ducted the Wolves crowd at one point, even ap­plauded them, as they goaded him about los­ing his job if this game turned into a sev­enth straight de­feat.

That would have been QPR’s worst run in 20 years but Ol­lie had the last laugh.

Pol­ish winger Pawel Ws­zolek made one goal and then got the win­ner three min­utes from time as Wolves’ ram­pag­ing run, laden with goals, came to a shock end.

Wolves boss Paul Lam­bert said this was the best his team had played in his short reign and that made Hol­loway’s grin even big­ger.

“I’m go­ing to cel­e­brate with a nice glass of wine with my wife Kim who isn’t very well,” said Hol­loway.

“She couldn’t make it (to the game) but I’ve al­ready spo­ken to her and I put that pri­or­ity above ev­ery­thing else be­cause how tough is it when every­one is ex­am­in­ing what you are do­ing now, not what you’ve done be­fore? But that is life and I’m used to it.

“The Wolves fans? It doesn’t bother me. How can it bother me? I’m just a sh*t Gary Neville ap­par­ently! It is quite funny, isn’t it?

“Luck­ily I can laugh at my­self. Peo­ple might think it might bother me. It doesn’t bother me at all.

“At the end of the day, when you love foot­ball like I do, that is what I’ve missed, the ban­ter.”

Stand­ing as closely as he could to the touch­line, Hol­loway tried to con­duct his team into some kind of form as Wolves were slow to take ad­vanand tage of QPR’s prob­lems. But Wolves still ought to have been well in front be­fore half-time.

There was a shot by Nouha Dicko that was de­flected away by Grant Hall and goal­keeper Alex Smithies’ leg ended Bright Enobakhare’s chance of the first league goal of his ca­reer.

Given the way Wolves have been scor­ing goals – 12 in five games go­ing into this – QPR and Hol­loway were happy enough to have sur­vived the half un­scathed.

Seven min­utes into the sec­ond half and Hol­loway couldn’t be­lieve his eyes. Christ­mas had come late. Ws­zolek got away in a break with Wolves slow to re­spond to the dan­ger, his pass was turned in right footed by Idrissa Sylla. Sur­prise, sur­prise Sylla might have said.

Yeni Ng­bakoto put an­other chance over five min­utes lat­erand that was im­por­tant be­cause Wolves were back in the game by the 62nd minute.

Helder Costa hadn’t got in a de­cent cross for most of the game, but this time he did, low and hard from the right, and Dave Edwards ran onto it for his sixth goal in nine games.

But for all their dom­i­na­tion there was not a lot of dan­ger in what Wolves were do­ing, al­though Lam­bert protested.

“I thought we were bril­liant. It’s as good as we’ ve played in my time here. We dom­i­nated the game, I couldn’t ask for any­more. We just lacked that fin­ish­ing touch,” he said.

“You could have taken Carl Ikeme’s goal away in that sec­ond half. It was just that lit­tle fin­ish­ing touch that has been miss­ing re­cently.”

But QPR’s win­ning mo­ment came when Ws­zolek showed the kind of fight­ing spirit Hol­loway’s go­ing to need to keep the club from dan­ger. He re­fused to give up at the end of a pow­er­ful run, Richard Stear­man did not clear, and Ws­zolek jabbed home the win­ner.

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