QPR boss Ian Holloway openly admits he’ll be on a revenge mission when Nottingham Forest head to Loftus Road in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.
Rangers were heavily beaten in the reverse fixture at the City Ground earlier in the season, with the Hoops losing 4-0 at the start of November.
That performance and result are still hurting the R’s gaffer – and he wants revenge this weekend.
“They beat us heavily at their place and that result still hurts me deeply,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk, “it really does.
“Revenge is in my mind, of course, it is – 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.
“I expect them to sit off us, let us take the game to them and then look to hit us on the counter-attack.
“It’ll be a very different test to ones we’ve faced recently at Loftus Road.”
That defeat at the City Ground came when Forest were managed by Mark Warburton. Now, however, it’s Aitor Karanka who sits in the Tricky Trees dug-out – and that, according to Holloway, poses different questions altogether.
“Forest are a difficult side to read at the minute,” he said.
“Karanka is a very defensive-minded coach. He likes to build from the back.
“He’s very sort of Mourinho-esque in the terms of the way he sets his teams up.”
Forest head to Loftus Road having failed to win any of their last six matches, but the Reds will be encouraged by their draw at home to Reading on Tuesday night when Karanka’s men came from behind to rescue a point thanks to Lee Tomlin’s late leveller.
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And with just two points separating QPR in 15th and Forest in 17th, Holloway is well-aware of the importance of Saturday’s fixture.
“It’s a big game,” he said.
“We’ve delivered in these games this season so far this season, but we can’t rest on our laurels – we’ve got to keep doing it.
“When you’re struggling on the road to get the results your performances deserve; it puts even more pressure on these games.
“I’m still bitterly disappointed with (the defeat to Sheffield United) Tuesday night. Those fans who made the journey to Bramall Lane would’ve acknowledged that it was one of our better away performances.
“Did we deserve more? Yes. Did we get it? No.
“That’s the Championship for you, but the encouraging thing for me is that we’re producing good performances and I’m confident the victories will come on our travels.”
He added: “At home, we’ve been really good this season. Our record is very good.
“The crowd have been great for us. Even at 0-0 in games when we’re sometimes not able to break our opponents down, they’re sticking with the team.
“We don’t get affected at home. We stick to the game plan and more often than not we’ve done the business.
“The bigger the game is, more than often we’ve coped.”