Rangers ready to chop down Forest
QPR are back in W12 aiming for a third consecutive victory on home soil when they host Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Rangers have recorded wins against Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers in their last two outings at Loftus Road and a third victory, this time against Forest, would go a long way towards putting further distance between themselves and the red line.
After the disappointment of another away day defeat at Sheffield United on Tuesday night, R’s boss Ian Holloway will be keen use home advantage in his favour.
The R’s record in west London has seen them lose on just four occasions during the 2017/18 season and 28 of their 39 points this campaign have been acquired at Loftus Road. Home really is where the heart is.
That will give Holloway believe that his side can avenge their embarrassing defeat in the reverse fixture earlier this season. In October his team earned an unwanted Football League record as QPR's run of matches without winning at the City Ground stretched to 29 following a 4-0 loss.
Forest arrive on Saturday two points and two places below QPR in the table. Without a win in their last five Championship outings, Aitor Karanka will be desperate for a positive result having only won one league match - a 2-0 win against Champions-elect Wolves - since taking over the reigns from Mark Warburton at the start of January.
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When and where?
Saturday, 24th February 2018 - kick-off 3 pm GMT - Loftus Road
Last Time Out
Nottingham Forest 4, QPR 0 - Saturday, 4th November 2017
QPR set an unwanted EFL record as they suffered a 4-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
The R’s have never won at the City Ground in 29 league visits, beating Grimsby's record at Blackburn.
Tyler Walker's calm finish put Forest ahead, teed up by Kieran Dowell who rounded Alex Smithies to double the lead with his sixth goal of the season.
Barrie McKay volleyed the third and then set up Walker to fire in his second from an acute angle.
- Nottingham Forest haven't done a league double over the R's since the 1997/98 season.
- QPR have won our last two home league games, keeping a clean sheet each time. We last won three in a row without conceding in March 2016.
- Nine of QPR's 10 league goals scored in 2018 have been netted after half-time.
Ian Holloway: “They beat us heavily at their place and that result still hurts me deeply. Revenge is in my mind – but learning from what we got wrong at the City Ground is also in the forefront of my thoughts. We started well up there but then got a lot wrong. But they’ve got a new manager now and they’re playing in a slightly different way so we will need to do our homework and be ready.”
Aitor Karanka: "It is another tough game against an experienced team with an experienced manager. It is a difficult stadium to go and play in but it is about us, and to keep playing with our organisation from the Burton game and how aggressive we were in the second half on Tuesday."
QPR: Jack Robinson (toe) will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s match after failing to make the grade against Sheffield United midweek. Ryan Manning is available for selection once more after completing his three-game ban. David Wheeler (ankle), Idrissa Sylla (calf), Jamie Mackie (back) and Grant Hall (knee) are all out with long-term injuries.
Nottingham Forest: Michael Mancienne and Apostolos Vellios both returned to full training on Thursday following their recent illness however Daryl Murphy is likely to miss out with a virus. Joe Worall (knee) is also back in training.
Darren Bond: The Lancashire official is set for his second QPR match of the season having overseen the R’s 3-2 defeat at Middlesbrough. He has issued five red cards this season.