QPR manager Ian Holloway says he's gutted after falling to a 2-1 defeat against Fulham.

The Hoops were disappointing for large spells but showed character towards the end and were nearly rewarded after late pressure on the visitors' goal.

Speaking after the game, Holloway said: "I’m gutted to be honest with you.

“I can’t fault the players one bit, because they gave me everything.

“Fulham are a really-good team, we knew they were going to be. They’ve got some wonderful movement.

“But I felt we tried to be the home team and tried be on the front foot. They got through us a couple of times, but I felt we gave a good fist of it.”

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He added: “We put their backline under a lot of pressure late on. There was lots of good stuff, lots of good movement. We might not be as pretty as them sometimes, but I thought we were very effective.

“We caused them problems – but we just couldn’t force home an equaliser, which I thought we deserved.

“We came close two or three times, we just need to calm down (in front of goal). We needed ice in our veins.

“We’re missing too many chances to make things count. Goals, at the right time for you, really do build your confidence.”

The late fight-back was too little too late on the night, but Holloway said it was an encouraging sign of things to come.

He said: "As you could see, we’ve come an awful long way.

“I think the crowd will go home and think, ‘Wow, the boys had a right go there.’

“At the minute, we’re dropping off where we want to be and our away form isn’t where we need it to be.

“But we’ve just lost at home for the first time, despite having chance after chance at the end.”