The Australian International was rested for the FA Cup clash after being a virtual ever-present for both club and country, leading to a relentless few months of travel and matches.
Speaking after the defeat, Holloway said: “I played almost an identical team and wanted almost an identical performance, but did I get that? No.
“Maybe Mass (Luongo) is really important to us, maybe; if you didn’t already know that. I know he is because he’s been absolutely outstanding this season.
“Did I want to not pick him and lose the game? Not at all. I wanted the same intensity and I believe in Ilias (Chair) and how he's been doing it but that whole midfield didn’t work anywhere near as good as it has done.”
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