Nottingham Forest 3-1 Queens Park Rangers (EFL Championship) 05.04.21
A cracking performance from Chris Hughton’s men meant it would be a double whammy winning weekend for Easter as Forest who saw off Cardiff on Friday, ensured it would be six points from six as they comprehensively beat QPR.
A lively start by Forest, confident from their win in Wales saw Grabban shoot wide following clever work by Blackett who crossed low into the striker on six minutes and on twelve a Ryan Yates header was cleared off the line following James Garner’s floated corner.
As the Reds pressed in a dominant first half, Krovinovic shot straight at Deng with half an hour played but QPR had their best chance on 38 when Willock played Johansen in for the Norwegian midfielder to drag his shot wide.
Austin was next to go close for the away side as he flicked a header over from Wallace’s cross and those chances proved costly for the visitors as young Alex Mighten made the Rangers pay with his third goal in red, tapping in after Ameobi pulled back to give Forest a half time lead on the stroke.
The Reds like they did in the first half, started the second well and went close to doubling their advantage when Krovinovic curled over from 25 yards before Ameobi tested Dieng with a low drive well saved.
Mighten was next to fluff his lines, diverting wide after being picked out by Blackett before Garner forced the best out of the visitor’s goalkeeper who saved his free kick aimed towards the top corner.
As Ryan Yates again tested Dieng who was equal to the task to keep out his low drive from the edge of the box, the Queens Park Rangers shot stopper could do nothing to stop Lewis Grabban on 63 who turned and hit home from 25 yards to double the Reds advantage in some style.
James Garner was next as QPR fell apart to concede a third, a free kick floated in from wide all the way over and past the goalkeeper, three nil and three points assured.
QPR did pull a goal back late on as Dykes responded with a 90th minute consolation but it mattered little on the grand scheme of things, the win, Forest’s second of the Easter weekend taking the Reds to 48 points and fifteenth in the table.
Nottingham Forest: Samba, Christie, Worrall, McKenna, Blackett, Yates (Colback 81), Garner, Ameobi (Freeman 78), Krovinovic, Mighten, Grabban (Murray 78).
Queens Park Rangers: Dieng, Dickie, Field (Bettache 80), Barbet, Kakay, Ball (Dykes 60), Johansen, Wallace, Willock (Adomah 69), Chair, Austin (Kelman 80).
Venue: City Ground
*Main image @NFFC Alex Mighten and Lewis Grabban celebrate, both on the scoresheet.