Queens Park Rangers 0-2 Nottingham Forest (EFL Championship) 12.09.20
It was another abject performance for Nottingham Forest as the Reds lost their league season opener in London to Queens Park Rangers in what was the Reds fourth straight competitive loss either side of the summer.
Both sides failed to have an attempt of real note in what was a poor first half of football at Loftus Road with Grabban heading wide on 17 from Blackett’s cross as good as it got for the Reds.
Wallace drilled across the goal on 29 for the home side who struggled themselves to break down a solid looking Forest back four with Sabri Lamouchi perhaps the most pleased of the two Managers going into the break.
That didn’t last long though as the Frenchman was left fuming with defender Toby Figueiredo just eight minutes into the second half after he brought down Lyndon Dykes inside the area to give away a penalty. The striker stepped up himself to slot home high into Samba’s net in giving the Londoners the lead.
Forest pressed as substitute Ameobi’s shot deflected wide before Yates hit a post on the hour after good work from Grabban. The midfielder striking from a tight angle only to see the ball rebound off the upright.
Grabban should have done better after slotting wide from Ameobi’s squared pass before the same players were involved this time with the striker blazing over with just seven minutes to play. That wasn’t the last chance for the Reds top goalscorer last season as Grabban cut inside to shoot into the side netting in injury time before a speculative shot with seconds left by Dykes was spilled by Samba for Chair to pounce and score.
After the match, Manager Sabri Lamouchi, annoyed with the outcome, stated “We are disappointed to start the league like that, it is not good and we have to work.”
He added: “We know we have to get better, with the ball and without the ball. The last year was our first quality, to defend, be aggressive and compact, all together and today with the first mistake we conceded.”
“We need to be more focused, we need to be more consistent and of course, efficient in both boxes. We concede not too much, but enough to lose the game and we created a lot but didn’t score.”
The Reds next face Cardiff at the City Ground on Saturday.
Forest: Samba, Gabriel, Figueiredo, Worrall, Blackett, Yates, Colback, Freeman (Mighten 74), Lolley (Ameobi 59), Da Costa, Grabban.
*Main image @NFFC Da Costa in action for Forest at QPR.