Sunday 19 November 2017

Manning debut 'good as I've seen,' says Holloway

The 20-year-old joined the London club from Galway United in the winter of 2014 after helping his former club gain promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division. Stock photo
The 20-year-old joined the London club from Galway United in the winter of 2014 after helping his former club gain promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division. Stock photo
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

QPR manager Ian Holloway heaped praise on young Galwegian Ryan Manning after he made a winning Football League debut on Saturday.

The 20-year-old joined the London club from Galway United in the winter of 2014 after helping his former club gain promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division.

But the attacking midfielder has had to be patient after several managerial changes in a period of instability for the club.

Holloway was appointed as QPR boss in November but he was already under pressure following a disappointing run heading into an away date at Wolves.

He has been impressed by Manning since taking over and opted to pitch him in with his panel depleted by injury problems. The Irish youngster rose to the occasion and played the full 90 minutes at Molineux as the visitors nabbed a late winner for a 2-1 success.

"I gave Ryan Manning his debut for us and he epitomised what I'm all about," said Hollloway. "He showed heart, fight - that's also as good a debut as I've seen. And I thought the lads really helped him out."

Harry Redknapp was managing QPR in the Premier League when they saw off competition from a host of other clubs to hand Manning a two-and-a-half year deal. The move was completed when they agreed a compensation package with Galway and Mervue United - he came through the underage ranks with the latter.

Meanwhile, Preston have indicated that Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle are available to make their debuts for the club against Burton Albion today.

The former Dundalk pair needed international clearance to come through so they could figure in the Championship encounter.

Preston conceded a last minute equaliser at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. North End boss Simon Grayson has indicated that he might make some changes with the 48 hour turnaround. Aiden McGeady, who has been struggling with injury of late, impressed for the hosts at Deepdale.

"We have a lot to consider, but a lot of options as well," said Grayson.

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