QUEENS Park Rangers will be looking to build on Sunday’s dramatic victory over Luton Town, with an away trip to Nottingham Forest awaiting Mark Warburton’s side this evening (Wednesday, 7.45pm KO).
After a difficult month, second-half strikes from Andre Gray and Rob Dickie wrapped up all three points at Kenilworth Road, but attentions now quickly switch to the City Ground as we prepare to face another promotion candidate, with Steve Cooper’s side the opposition.
Of course, Rangers have historically struggled at the City Ground, but since our first-ever victory Trentside in 2018 the R’s now head up the M1 with greater optimism.
A 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture back in October saw Lyndon Dykes’ effort cancelled out by Jack Colback’s late strike, ensuring the points were shared in W12.
Rangers now face the Reds in front of the Sky Sports cameras once more as we push towards the business end of the campaign.
Forest will head into this one full of confidence themselves having picked up three victories from their last four games, while also only tasting defeat once since the turn of the calendar year.
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QPR wins: 18
Forest wins: 33
QPR: Lyndon Dykes misses out but Dion Sanderson returns following his suspension.
Nottingham Forest: Steve Cook and Max Lowe will sit out for Forest.
Mark Warburton (QPR manager): “From our point of view, we have to go to Nottingham and be on the front foot, meet the challenge, enjoy it and make sure that we deliver a good QPR performance.
“We have had a difficult month, a blip and here we are in fourth. So, I think for us we have come through it, we have had some difficult games but here we are, we have 10 games to go now.”
Steve Cooper (Forest manager): “QPR are a really strong side and being in this position at this stage of the season proves that, we're under no illusions that it's going to be a tough game.
"Our fans are fantastic and we have a really powerful stadium when it's full. When the team are playing well and the fans are in full voice, it can be a real force to play against and we need to continue that.”
Nottingham Forest 0, QPR 1: December 22nd 2018
QPR win at the City Ground! Repeat: QPR win at the City Ground!
After 84 years of hurt, it finally happened! QPR won at the City Ground.
Toni Leistner’s header at the end of the first half proved to be the difference between the two sides, ending a run of 34 failed attempts at the home of Nottingham Forest.
In a game of few clear-cut chances, the game was decided by a powerful header from the R’s centre-back just before the break.
In front of more than 1,500 delighted travelling R’s fans, the wait was finally over.
QPR Starting XI: Lumley, Cousins, Furlong, Leistner, Bidwell, Wszolek, Luongo, Scowen, Freeman, Eze, Wells.
Jon Moss will take charge of our clash with Nottingham Forest.
This will be Moss’ first Rangers appointment of the campaign, with his last coming in our away fixture with Burnley back in May 2016. He will be supported by assistant referees Ian Hussin and James Mainwaring and fourth official Andy Davies.