Reds snag a point at Loftus Road..

Goalscorer: A goal from McGoldrick salvages a deserved point for the Reds.

Queens Park Rangers – 1
Nottingham Forest – 1

The quest for a first league win goes on for Forest – and who better to notch it against than our next league opponents, I suppose? Forest went behind to a wonder-strike having created plenty of chances beforehand – and continued to do so until McGoldrick was able to equalise to give the Reds a point that was – by all accounts – a deserved one.

Probably the biggest discussion point though is Billy Davies’ post-match random outburst regarding Forest’s transfer committee – as speculation, and indeed events, continues to point the finger at this system of working for being responsible for the difficulties we are having in recruiting defenders (and indeed, should be credited for the earlier great work in the transfer market).

But anyway, perhaps more on that in another piece, this is of course a summary of the game.  Forest started with a changed line-up, perhaps unsurprisingly given Tuesday night’s appalling showing:

Camp
Gunter    Morgan    Chambers    Lynch
Garner    McKenna    Majewski    Cohen
Adebola    McGoldrick
Subs: Smith, McCleary, Davies, Anderson, Tyson, Blackstock, Earnshaw

So despite bemoaning his lack of opportunities to use Cohen in the centre, he was put on the wing.  Interesting move, as the ‘being forced to use square pegs in round holes’ complaints in defence turns into choosing to do so in midfield.  The decision was possible driven by Tyson apparently complaining of a tight hamstring, which isn’t entirely surprising.

It took as long as two minutes for Forest to have their first – and second – chances to open the scoring.  Good work from Majewski from midfield allowed him to burst forward and shoot powerfully, drawing a save from Cerny in the QPR goal.  Whilst saving well, the ball rebounded to Joe Garner who also pulled the trigger, only finding Cerny on hand to make another decent save.

The game was played at a degree of pace, and was end-to-end in nature – as is often the case in such games, it meant possession retention wasn’t brilliant from either side.  Garner will perhaps still be kicking himself after not getting anything on a dangerous Cohen cross to the back post (admittedly it did appear he was being held back by a defender on the back stick).

It looked like McGoldrick had finally broken the deadlock, the ball went from McKenna to McGoldrick in space -the striker beat his defender but was only able to drag his shot agonisingly wide.  The home side were creating chances too though, and Tarrabt should perhaps have done better with the ball Helguson played to him, but he too shot wide.  Borrowdale too shot horribly over from fairly close range.

This was the closest Rangers had come to a spell of pressure, and it was rewarded with a peach of a goal from Leigertwood.  Routledge passed the ball to him, and he got past Cohen who was presumably not too worried that he’d shoot, but shoot he did – a 20 yard curling effort that gave Lee Camp no chance as it found the top corner.  A really good finish.

The Reds rallied and tried to get back in the game – Wes heading powerfully but just over after a Cohen freekick, and shortly after another freekick, this time 28 or so yards from goal, was taken powerfully by Majewski.  The midfielder’s shot was certainly goalbound, but for the right-hand of QPR’s goalkeeper which limited the damage to simply a corner.

Joel Lynch picked up an injury at some point (probably as a result of one of the many many fouls that Routledge committed on him during the first half!) so didn’t reappear for the second half – Garath McCleary was on at right back, with Gunter moving to left back.  So more defensive woes for Billy to not like talking about (but I still think he will!).

Cohen tried a shot from range, Cerny gathered at the second attempt, and Forest started to build further pressure on the home side.  As the Reds struggled to keep the ball on the deck and retain possession it is perhaps fitting that the goal came from a spot of route one.  Lee Camp took a freekick long, Dele flicked it on to McGoldrick who beat two defenders to the ball to blast into the net from around eight yards.

QPR still had attacks in them, Vine brought a save from Camp from range, and a Taarabt effort was deflected off Wes for a corner – however, Forest were looking dangerous still too, Dexter had been introduced (to a good ovation from the QPR fans) and almost made an immediate impact, his efforts resulting in a clearance off the line by Ramage.

Rangers started to build pressure though, and Tyson was put on for McGoldrick, switching Forest into a ‘holding’ formation with five across the middle and Blackstock up front on his own.  Aside from what initially looked like a moment of madness from Lee Camp coming haring out of his goal (fortunately a QPR striker was offside), the game started to fizzle out a bit.

There were boos at Loftus Road for the home side, but the Reds were greeted with a rousing round of applause from the travelling Reds fan for what would undoubtedly be considered a good away point almost universally were it not for our otherwise poor start to the season.  So well done lads, you just need to get your shooting boots polished and fully operational!

I’m going to have a ponder over Billy’s post-match comments and possibly write more later – I am a tad concerned about how things seem to be at the City Ground right now off the pitch.  That doesn’t feel like ideal preparation for tuesday’s visit of Middlesbrough, nor indeed the none-too-small matter of Derby coming to town in a weeks time.