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Nottingham Forest 4-0 Queens Park Rangers

Kieran Dowell
Everton loanee Kieran Dowell made it six goals and two assists in his last four Championship starts

QPR set an unwanted EFL record as they slid to a comprehensive defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Rangers 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.

Ailing Hoops manager Ian Holloway decided to watch the first half from a television gantry to prevent the QPR substitutes picking up his illness.

But Rangers looked under the weather for much of the first half and the hosts could have led by more than two at half-time, with Alex Baptiste making a vital clearance from Dowell's low cross and Daryl Murphy heading just wide from Walker's cross.

Holloway's side showed little sign they could mount a comeback and record their first-ever win at the City Ground in 34 attempts in league and cup - a sequence stretching back to their first meeting in January 1934.

Forest continued to dominate after the break with McKay and in-form Everton loanee Dowell both posing a threat, and Walker making an instant impact in his first league start in more than two years.

Their third straight home win was their biggest of the season, lifting them up to eighth and within a point of the play-off places.

QPR, who had arrived on a four-match unbeaten run, have now failed to win their last 15 Championship matches away from Loftus Road and slipped to 14th.

Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton:

"I am pleased for the players and the fans of course, but we have to learn from this, just as we do every game. As a squad we have to keep learning.

"There were lots of very positive things to take, but we missed a lot of chances. QPR came here on the back of two very good results - so that is a very pleasing performance.

"I am delighted for the players that they have got their reward for a good performance heading into the international break."

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway told BBC Radio London:

"It's weird because I have a won here a lot so I was hoping it would rub off.

"To win any game at this level you need to have at least eight of your players at the top of their game and some of them, with the decisions they were making, looked tired and lacklustre.

"To lose 4-0 is a very bitter pill to take but I have to congratulate Notts Forest as they looked better and sharper than us. It was a long, horrible day."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 43Smith
  • 2Lichaj
  • 42Worrall
  • 4Mancienne
  • 6Traore
  • 7Bridcutt
  • 11Osborn
  • 34WalkerBooked at 73mins
  • 20DowellSubstituted forBouchalakisat 77'minutes
  • 10McKaySubstituted forWardat 86'minutes
  • 9MurphySubstituted forCarayolat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mills
  • 16Clough
  • 18Carayol
  • 19Ward
  • 30Henderson
  • 31Bouchalakis
  • 35Cummings

QPR

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Smithies
  • 20Baptiste
  • 6Lynch
  • 18Robinson
  • 3Bidwell
  • 36WheelerSubstituted forMackieat 45'minutes
  • 21Luongo
  • 11Scowen
  • 7FreemanBooked at 70minsSubstituted forN'Gbakotoat 74'minutes
  • 40SyllaSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
  • 9Washington

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 8Cousins
  • 12Mackie
  • 14Manning
  • 17Smith
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 26Lumley
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
24,021

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest).

  4. Post update

    Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

  6. Post update

    Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

  11. Post update

    Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Ward replaces Barrie McKay.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Mustapha Carayol replaces Daryl Murphy.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 4, Queens Park Rangers 0. Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Barrie McKay.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Washington with a headed pass.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

  19. Post update

    Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Armand Traore.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves16112329151435
2Sheff Utd16110524141033
3Cardiff169432213931
4Bristol City1686226161030
5Aston Villa167542215726
6Derby157442319425
7Ipswich158072622424
8Nottm Forest168082526-124
9Middlesbrough156542013723
10Leeds167272419523
11Sheff Wed166552119223
12Brentford165742521422
13Norwich166461520-522
14Preston165651919021
15QPR165651922-321
16Barnsley155462221119
17Fulham164751819-119
18Reading155371819-118
19Millwall164571717017
20Hull164482830-216
21Burton163491031-2113
22Birmingham163310825-1712
23Bolton162591329-1611
24Sunderland151772030-1010
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