Loans / Rangers…

Okay, so the headline didn’t quite scan – but sod it!  Billy Davies has spoken of seeking loan signings, and indeed of not necessarily ruling out a return for players we missed out on in the January farce transfer window.  With news that Perch did indeed suffer concussion after being forearm-smashed against Derby, and will miss the QPR game, we look even more thin on the ground – so the ’emergency’ loan market, which opens on Monday, will be a pretty essential resource for us to draw upon.  Much as I said about the January window!

Despite the usual panic over the weather, it looks unlikely the weekend’s game will be postponed due to this, so we must take what remains of our squad into another game.  Perch will miss out, as mentioned before, but Garner will return from suspension to give us more options up front.  Earnshaw remains a doubt, Breckin is playing through an injury but Moloney is available again after being cuptied for this week’s game.  Davies is likely to miss out – whereas longer term injuries will keep out Bennett, Anderson and Moussi.

QPR are likely to restore Cerny to the side in favour of Forest loan-favourite Lee Camp, who despite keeping consecutive clean sheets for the Hoops last two games seems to be out of favour with Paulo Sousa.  Influential Lee Cook will be missing due to suspension, with Agyemang, Rowlads and Buzsaky will be missing with long term injuries.

Whilst Forest continue to look over their shoulder at the relegation scrap, QPR are very much looking upward at the playoff places.  Looking at the stats, Forest score on average 0.9 goals per game at home, QPR score on average 0.7 goals away from home.  With similar concession rates, perhaps that means we edge it purely on stats.  Our recent form had been good, but obviously recent results against Cardiff and Derby weaken that resolve slightly.

QPR have won their last two away games – at Derby and Blackpool – without conceding, which is a pretty good run of form in the very short term.  With a better squad on paper for the visitors, it is a pretty intimidating prospect for the depleted Reds once again – we are in a process where we need to tough it out with limited options against some of the tougher opponents in this league over the next few weeks.

I think it’s fair to say I’m pretty pessimistic – about both subjects covered in today’s update!