Ian Holloway wipes the slate clean against Norwich City
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Ian Holloway savoured every second of his revenge mission against Norwich City as his latest QPR reign got off to a winning start.
Holloway's exile from management was triggered by the Canaries' 4-1 Championship romp at his previous club Millwall in March 2015, but the former Blackpool boss was delighted to set the record straight.
The 53-year-old admitted his cause was helped by Martin Olsson's second-minute red card.
'That lot beat me 4-1 the last time I was in a dugout and it was a horrible experience. I had to banish that,' he said. 'It is not relief, it is joy. It was bizarre, just a bizarre game to come back in. I've never seen an incident that early in the game. Did we score, did we not? Has he sent him off or has he not? And then we miss the penalty. Talk about the ups and downs. What an introduction. After that I was delighted. Tjaronn Chery misses the penalty but his pass for the second goal was as good as I have seen. I said to them at half-time, 'Don't think these are done. They have some heavy ammunition on the bench, players who were in the Premier League last year'.
'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. But I was looking for character and I know we have it. Long may that continue.'
Holloway made an emotional entrance ahead of a return to his spiritual home.
'I had to steady myself in the tunnel because I could hear the Rangers anthem and that is my favourite song,' he said. 'The fans were incredible. Hearing the fans sing, 'We've got our Rangers back,' meant the world to me. I've still got to pinch myself. I'm so emotional, so dizzy, but so delighted. I've been waiting for that sort of buzz for 18 months. It was an incredible feeling. The heart is there and the badge sits on their heart and there's a burning desire in these players. I love that.'
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