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:

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.

11 Responses

  1. A good point, a good reaction to tuesday’s game to forget. Still in need of the first win in the league but 4 good performances in 5 games means it’s only a matter of time. The strikers need a little more patience in front of goal and a bit more clinical shooting but overall a good performance, a fair result and a little more like what we expected at the start of the season. Onward and upward! Good report NFFC, as ever. U reeeds!

  2. I’m life-long Forest and go to all home games. A strange thing happened to me today. I was invited to the Notts County game by the match sponsors. I gave to say, it blew me away. We met Sven and representatives of the investors and the whole energy and buzz at Notts, on and off the pitch was palpable. Some mind blowing plans were mentioned by the new owners, the kop is now for Notts fans and was packed and the noise and singing constant. If I
    honest, it all made Forest feel a bit tiered. And I don’t say that lightly. The utter professionalism of the set up there was very, very impressive. So why am I making so much of it? Nigel and the board – sort it out, and quick.

  3. Pleat at Forest is like Wise was at newcastle. Get RID of pleat and arthur NOW !!!!!

  4. Just back home from the game. Another good report from you, nffc and i agree with most of your comments, but there is something ‘missing’ and I don’t just mean a choice of defenders.

    Forest’s play is too rushed and often too “route one” when it clearly doesn’t need to be. Adebola is a great assett, but I think he tends to be the only outlet considered when he is on the pitch. After he was substituted, we began to play the ball along the ground, think about how we were playing and thereore where and when to play the ball.

    Also, with six strong strikers, we should be taking our chances and I’m not sure that the constant rotation up front is helping.

    I know it is ‘early days’ and I’m certainly not moaning, but for me I still think we are disjointed and getting to know each other as a team. When it happens, we will put in some very strong performances, but it might take a little while longer yet …….

  5. Like you NFFC I was VERY worried about comments made by BD pre and post match.

    It would appear things are not rosy in the Forest back room presently and I’m somewhat worried by this.

    Reading between the lines it would seem BD is not happy his judgement regarding players is being questioned.

    I welcome your take on this NFFC.

  6. I follow the reds from oz so I don’t get to see the games (just some highlights) … but it seems very surprising to me that Garner is being picked ahead of Anderson, and Earnie isn’t being played.


  7. billy knew the score when he came here, he raved about the set up remember.

    we did bring a defender and a goalkeeper in so it is not as though there were no funds spent in that dept.

    yesterdays goal was route one, this is my biggest worry with davies. i dont want to support a forest team that plays football up in the air.

    it looks like earnie is going which would be a big mistake…….also i have my boys new kit upstairs for his birthday. guess what name and number are on the back !!!!!

    with all that said, can’t wait for next week and should be there for tuesday fingers crossed.

    a friend who knows one of our strikers says 100% there will be 2 defenders before the window closes.

  8. Good balanced report as always. I have to say I thought Forest were well worth the point and if Majewski or Garner had scored early on I think we’d of won comfortably. By quite a few accounts QPR fans seem to think that they didn’t play that well so its a bit of a disappointment not to get a win because on balance they wouldn’t of been able to grumble.

    Interesting on the defender front now Davenport has been stabbed in the legs (has anyone else read about this?) I don’t think he’d be on BD’s list now. We can’t have McCleary playing at right back. Its just not fair on him, and we are under using his effectiveness as a player in that position.

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