QPR manager Ian Holloway has hailed the Stan Bowles Benefit match, saying that it brought 'a tear to his eye'.

Speaking following his side's 1-0 defeat against Premier League side Bournemouth, Holloway said: "It was a good test for us. We gave them a really good game.

“I’m encouraged by the group, I really am.

“We’ve got a bit of character in the group. It’s building all the time. That’s important. We’re not there yet but we’re getting there.

“We got a bit deep late on but we stuck to the game plan and produced a good performance. Lots of it really pleased me.”

On a day where matters on the field came second to the occasion off it, Holloway also said he know's what Stan Bowles means to everyone at Queens Park Rangers.

QPR 0 Bournemouth 1: Recap from the Stan Bowles Benefit match at Loftus Road as the Hoops take on the Cherries in their final pre-season clash before the season opener against Reading

He said: "Having spent a lot of my life here, I know what Stan means to QPR. The tenth minute applause brought a tear to my eye, it really did.

“I love this club and Stan epitomises what QPR is all about. My heart goes out to him and his family for everything he’s going through.”