Queens Park Rangers vs. Forest preview..

First things first, huge congratulations to Billy Davies who has been named manager of the month for January.  A well deserved award after the excellent league form Forest have had over a period where traditionally we always seem to slump!  I’m a bit cynical about curses and things, it seems inevitable to me that an award that typically follows an exceptional run of form is likely to be followed by less impressive results.

Queens Park Rangers are the pace-setters in the Championship – a solid defence, and a dangerous attack coupled with a well balanced midfield.  To point out that this will be a bloody tough game is a severe case of stating the bleeding obvious.  They have both guile and skill, as well as the guts you would expect any side managed by Neil Warnock to have.

Of course, should Forest triumph, and do so in their two games in hand as well (all rather large ‘shoulds’ of course) then it would theoretically put the race to the title firmly in our own hands.  That does seem like a big ask though.  The eighteen games remaining this season are all the biggest game of the season for us now as they unfurl if we’re serious about maintaining our challenge for the automatic places.

Both sides are on good runs of form – nobody better than us, but let’s not overlook QPR’s recent endeavours either – despite being a man down for most of the game away at Reading a Wayne Routledge goal gave the Hoops a one-nil win that their performance, despite the disadvantage in numbers, warranted.  Able to absorb pressure and hit on the break, as well as being able to dominate.

A lot of focus has been placed on Adel Taarabt, a talented midfielder with an eye for goal, but for those that think that our hosts are a one-trick pony you need to look a little deeper.  With the likes of Shaun Derry doing the dirty work in midfield, and potent threats through the likes of Routledge, Buszacky from midfield and perpetual thorn-in-Forest’s side Hulse up front.  That’s not even mentioning the likes of Mackie who’s out injured after a blistering start to the campaign.

So that’s how they can hurt us – but equally important they are the stingiest defence in the league (we are second).  They’ve only let in 10 goals in fifteen home games, whilst they’ve netted 32.  With the likes of Gorkss in defence and Paddy Kenny in goal it’s not all that surprising they don’t hear that many cheers from the away end at Loftus Road.

For this myriad of reasons and with a bit of second-guessing I think that Billy will probably play this one cautiously initially.  I’m expecting five in midfield and one up front – with a brief to try to keep the more creative players in Rangers’ midfield quiet with a secondary mission to hit on the break.  Moussi’s injury is a real loss in a game like this, so McKenna will need to continue the high performance level he put in against Watford last week.

Mackie and Hogan are missing through injury and suspension for our hosts, but they have no shortage of strength in depth to cover for these omissions – Forest have Moussi, Blackstock and Findley unavailable through injury.  Tudgay presents an alternative to Dex up front, and has weighed in with some goals since his arrival, McKenna will fill in for Moussi in midfield – and he’ll be busy!

I tend to err on the side of pessimism even on the back of such an excellent run of results, and this game is hardly going to change that – if I’m being brutally honest I see a draw here as an excellent result.  Certainly if the planets align suitably then this is a game we could win, but with that kind of argument the same goes for any team against any other in this league.

With the away end sold out the boys in Red should certainly get some great backing from the travelling fans – I dearly hope I’m wrong and we’ll have something to cheer about, but I’m struggling to predict anything other than defeat in this one I’m afraid.  I would dearly love to be proven wrong, of course!  I just have a feeling it won’t be our day…

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23 Responses

  1. Sorry mate I dont share you pessimism WHY should we fear them ? No reason at all If we had had a full strength side at West Ham we would have won they were bloody lucky.They no better than West Ham…

    We can match QPR and go one better I think they will fear us because of our momentum.Sure they have been consistent and have a good manager who is a fox but so do we..

    Im really up for this game and I think our players will be right up for it too Im hoping for a closely fought victory.

    U reds

  2. i’m with red ric, i think we will win this one. The pressure is on them as they are at home. Whatever you say about them and their team you can say the same about us. 3000 reds will make loads of noise. If anyone can go there and come away with 3 points it’s us. Cannot wait!!!
    COYR……

  3. They are no better than west ham? WHAT?!!lol

    Theres a certain thing called confidence, qprs are sky high. I agree we shouldnt fear them and watford attacked them at loftus road and destroyed them.Its a shame the moose cant destroy taarabt but will be an interesting game.

    1-1 draw for me , both teams to score and a very satisfying point.

    Well done to Billy and the forest players for manager of the month award, as well as the board for backing davies with three signings!

  4. Im going for a 1-1

  5. Shut Taarabt down and they will struggle! Also, don’t forget their manager is hated by all Forest fans, after his comments in the playoffs all those years ago! I’d go for a scrappy 1-0.

  6. QPR here. Excellent and well rounded read. I fear Forest a bit to be honest but that’s because I’m a pessimist.

    QPR will not fear Forest – doesn’t mean we’ll win – but they haven’t really shown fear at all this season hence only 3 losses. Watford game was just a very bad day at the office – not fear.

    If you go all out attack then I think we’ll win. If you soak it up and play on the break then it could go either way.

    It’ll be big.

  7. Hard game to call really, both defences and attacking units are very good. The pressure will be on qpr more but they will be looking for early goals to settle them down. I’m going for 1.2 forest win but only because we are in such great form and they seem to have slowed down a little.

  8. I am really just hoping for a point. Given that we have 2 in hand I’d say the pressure is firmly on them, but it will still be a tough one.

  9. nice to see a balanced review of the game. Just too close to call; both teams are defending well and neither will want to concede on Sunday. the general impression we are a 1 man team does work for us but Davies won’t fall for that. I think the draw is most likely.

  10. qpr fan here. got 2 say this will be r hardest game of the season, but i do think a draw will be a fair result with both teams going up at the end of the season,taarabt isnt the 1 to keep quiet he draws defenders 2 him and frees up space , final score on sunday exciting end 2 end 2-2.

  11. a draw suits both sides – so this is the most likely ?

  12. Qpr fan here. Good, balanced preview. Will say that the comment suggesting your games in hand puts pressure on us is misguided..traditionally points in the bag count at this stage of the season.
    My prediction…two premier league keepers make this look like a 0-0 to me.
    Good luck for the rest of the season. Rather you than baadiff

    • points in the bag are great, just saying that if Forest win Sunday all of a sudden it is a lot tighter than the table would make you think

  13. Rangers were running away with the title race not so long ago,the race is now well and truly on and we are the form team ,show teams respect yes,fear no chance………..

  14. impressed with the report, I am a QPR season ticket holder and feel we have not got any where near the credit we deserve. I hear clowns like Steve Claridge slating us week in week out, going on about taarabt, the best signing QPR ever made was Neil Warnock!! We had Taarabt all last year and nothing prospered. I respect the forest team and there’s no doubt there attack is far far strongere than ours, but i feel our midfield is better than there’s, and defence wise it’s a close one. I like Billy Davies he has a excellent track record and would like to see QPR and Forest go up, just as long as they lose on sunday!

  15. WARNING to fellow trickies going to this one. Yet again there are engineering works happening with various tube lines either disrupted or not running at all, including the Hammersmith and City line that takes you to QPR. I havent seen any warnings about this on any official sites.

  16. Will be a cracking game, tight though reckon we’ll nick this one 1 – 0 to Forest!!

  17. Faurlin is maybe the best player QPR has right now apart from Taraabt, and you didnt even mention him; they are very deep and very good and a point for Forest against QPR would be vast.

  18. QPR fan here. It’s funny that some Forest fans think that the pressure is on us. We are not feeling any pressure as the team just plays to win. A mixture of pure skill and rugged doggidness has got us where we are. We can beat anybody when we are having a good day at the office. Sunday will be a good day..

  19. Colin Murray on 5Live was just chatting to Robbie Earnshaw, chatting about the Welsh game leading on to Sunday’s game. Comes across really well and sounds like tehres a cracking team spirit.

    He was asked whether he owns a Dog, he does – apparently its a Pug called Magic!

  20. Help!

    VIP Stand has stopped working – does anyone have any other streams?

  21. As all the top teams closed the gap on the top,the pressure IS on QPR,and I believe we will catch them on the break !!
    It’s certainly going to be a cracking game !!!

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