QPR manager Ian Holloway has explained the decision to replace Matt Smith with Joel Lynch as they chased the game against Derby County.

Smith had been a real handful against the Rams, but was replaced by the former Huddersfield man who was utilised as a lone striker in the closing stages as the Hoops chased a winner.

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Explaining the unorthodox decision, Holloway said: "People’s eyebrows came up, but Matt was worn out. He was gone. So I’ve asked Lynchy to play up front and he almost won us the game.

"If he’d had three more chances I believe he’d have scored one because of his ability.

"It’s about trying to make the most of things. We’ve got no Sylla, no Jamie Mackie, no (David) Wheeler, no (Grant) Hall so I believe we’re making strides.."

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