QPR 2-0 Nottingham Forest, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


QPR 4-2-3-1



Nottingham Forest 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 0 - 0 Loftus Road ( Attendance: NA )
1 min

Queens Park Rangers recorded an impressive 2-0 opening day win over Nottingham Forest at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

After an opening period of few chances, debutant Lyndon Dykes put the Hoops ahead in the 54th minute, converting a penalty he earned after being brought down by Tobias Figueiredo.

That goal sparked a flurry of chances with Forest’s Ryan Yates seeing an effort hit the crossbar from a tight angle minutes after Dykes’ opener.

Forest continued to search for an equaliser with Lewis Grabban’s strike going over the bar late on after good work from Sammy Ameobi.

But the victory was secured in stoppage time as QPR capitalised on a weary Forest with Ilias Chair scoring with the last touch of the game.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Ryan Yates’ missed effort minutes after QPR’s opener may have swayed the momentum of the game in Forest’s favour.

Moan of the Match

Both teams failed to capitalise on simple chances which could have seen the game finish 4-3 rather than 2-0 in the end.

Talking Point

Tom Carroll and Lee Wallace played in complete harmony down QPR’s left-hand side with one move in particular more reminiscent of the Nou Camp than W12.

Man of the Match

Lyndon Dykes – earned and scored a penalty and played a part in the second goal – an excellent debut for the striker.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Tim Robinson (West Sussex) – little complaints with the penalty decision as Figueiredo bear hugged Dykes in the box and officiated the game well throughout.


There will be some sore throats in the Nottingham Forest dressing room as the visiting side’s dugout single-handedly tried to compensate for the lack of fans.


QPR showed a huge amount of promise against difficult opposition; if they can hold it together at the back they could be set for a tremendous season.

Line Ups

QPR 4-2-3-1

Lumley; Kakay, Dickie, Barbet, Wallace; Cameron, Carroll (Thomas, 75); Osayi-Samuel (Smyth, 90+3), Amos (Ball, 84), Chair; Dykes

Subs not used:

Kelly, Kane, Masterson, Oteh



Nottingham Forest 4-2-3-1

Samba; Gabriel, Figueiredo, Worrall, Blackett; Yates, Colback; Da Costa (Taylor, 67), Freeman (Mighten, 74), Lolley (Ameobi, 59); Grabban

Subs not used:

Smith, Jenkinson, Dawson, Johnson


Figueiredo, Gabriel

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