Nottingham Forest may only have got one point from the weekend trip to West Brom but it will feel like a win after Matty Cash smashed home a late equaliser.
The Reds were dominated for much of the match as the Baggies enjoyed 61% possession and nine shots on target to Forest’s one, but the visitors are still very much in the frame to win promotion. To do so, they will need to avoid slip-ups like the defeat to Charlton last Tuesday, and the visit of QPR on Saturday could be exactly the type of banana skin they must overcome.
The R’s could have added motivation in their trip to the City Ground as they are managed by former Forest boss Mark Warburton, who eased his own worries by overseeing a 4-2 win against Stoke, their first for five games. Indeed, QPR came back from 2-0 to do so, too, which shows they don’t know when they are beaten, and Warburton will hope his side can display that spirit again on Saturday.
Speaking ahead of the clash to QPR’s official website, Warburton said:
“We now go to Nottingham Forest which is another tough venue but it’s really important to push on and claim the victory.”
He is clearly showing great respect for Forest but that is to be expected given Sabri Lamouchi’s side blew QPR away in their trip to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in November, a clash which ended 4-0 to the visitors. Indeed, the Reds will likely be feeling confident given their recent performances, therefore, so Lamouchi must ensure that there is no room for complacency in his squad as it is a good chance to put pressure on the top two.
However, the outcome of the match could actually depend more on the Frenchman and his decision-making, as the loss to the Addicks was arguably the result of the several changes Lamouchi made to the starting line-up, with Forest losing rhythm due to the absence of their first-choice full-backs.
A week between matches gives time for rest, however, so perhaps it is unlikely the same mistakes will be repeated, and that means the Midlands outfit can be confident about their chances of repeating the result from their previous meeting with QPR.
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