QPR had to wait 84 years to record a victory at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground and, having broken their duck last year, they will be hoping to make it successive victories when they head to the east midlands on Saturday.
The weekend encounter will be contested in front of a sell-out crowd and, come kick-off time, the R’s will also be determined to build on last weekend’s success against Stoke City.
After falling 2-0 behind early on, Rangers fought back in testing weather conditions to earn a more-than-deserved all three points.
Forest, meanwhile, twice came from behind to earn a draw at Sky Bet Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion last time out.
An own goal and a cracking strike from Matty Cash ensured that Forest claimed their point and that result kept them fifth in the table.
Promotion is a realistic possibility for the Tricky Trees and that means that Saturday’s game is likely to be an exciting one.
The QPR Box Office would like to advise supporters this fixture is now ALL TICKET. Please do not travel to the City Ground without a valid match ticket as there will be no sales available on the day.
Head to head
QPR wins: 17
Nottingham Forest wins: 32
QPR: Charlie Owens (knee).
Nottingham Forest: Nuno da Costa (knock).
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “It’s a big, big club and I think the game is a complete sell out. There should be a great atmosphere and I have huge respect for the club and the owners and what they are doing. Forest are a good team and they are in form. They’re hard to break down and they counter really well. They have good quality up front with the likes of Lolley, Silva, Grabban and Ameobi, so we know what we face.”
Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi: “It is going to be a tough game. The game in London was not so easy. The result was so big, but with one player less and some luck, it was a great result at the end. The way QPR play is good. They have a very good dynamic."
Nottingham Forest 0-1 QPR - 22nd December 2018
Three days before Christmas 2018, R’s fans got a present they had been waiting 84 years for when a win at the City Ground finally arrived.
In what was a tight game prior to the busy festive run of fixtures, German defender Toni Leistner sealed all three points for Steve McClaren’s men a win, which saw the R’s make ground on the play-off positions.
QPR’s success finally came in what was their 34th attempt on Forest soil. Forest tried to carve out that all important opportunity, which would have seen the record continue but the stubborn backline defended resolutely and despite Adlene Guedioura’s fizzing strike in the dying seconds of the game, Joe Lumley acted swiftly to deny the former Palace man and ensure the three points returned to W12.
QPR Starting XI: Lumley, Cousins, Furlong, Leistner, Bidwell, Wszolek, Luongo, Scowen, Freeman, Eze (Hall 88), Wells (Smith 86).
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Man in the middle
Robert Jones will take charge of Saturday's game at the City Ground.
So far this season, he has overseen 24 matches - 17 of which have come in the Championship - where he has brandished 76 yellow cards but no reds.
Jones has refereed the R's once this season, which was the August league fixture at Bristol City.
He will be supported by assistant referees Ian Cooper and Philip Dermott and fourth official Rob Smith.