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27 April 2019 Venue Loftus Road Stadium Attendance

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Match preview: QPR vs Forest

26 April 2019

Nottingham Forest head to Loftus Road tomorrow to take on Queens Park Rangers in the final away game of the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds will be aiming to end the campaign on a high with back-to-back victories and their first win on the road since November.

Forest will be looking to avenge QPR's first ever victory at The City Ground earlier in the season, while also reproduce a fine performance last season which saw them run out 5-2 winners at Loftus Road. 

Team news

Yohan Benalouane and Jack Colback remain suspended for The Reds, while Sam Byram is also available again having missed Monday's game against Middlesbrough.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

QPR caretaker manager John Eustace wants his side to finish the season strongly in their final home game of the campaign.

He said: "We know it's going to be an extremely tough game.

"Martin O'Neill is a very experienced manager, a very good manager and I am sure he will have his team ready.

"For us, the players want to finish with a good performance as a thank you to the fans for all their loyal support this season."

One to watch - Nahki Wells

QPR's top scorer this season, Nahki Wells is a proven goalscorer at Championship level and is likely to be their main threat on Saturday.

Head to head

Forest wins - 30
QPR wins - 17
Draws - 21

Last time out - Forest 0-1 QPR (Saturday 22nd December, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Tickets are no longer available to purchase for this game, with no tickets being made available on the day from Loftus Road.

Supporters looking to collect duplicate tickets can do so from inbetween the main box office and club shop.

Fans who have paid for official coach travel to the game can claim a full refund courtesy of owner Evangelos Marinakis. Full details can be found here.

Coverage

International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the game live, with audio commentary also available.

The club's official social media channels will also have full coverage, as will the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Millwall vs Stoke (1.30pm)
Birmingham vs Wigan
Bolton vs Brentford
Bristol City vs Derby
Middlesbrough vs Reading
Preston vs Sheffield Wednesday
Swansea vs Hull
West Brom vs Rotherham
Sheffield United vs Ipswich (5.15pm)
Norwich vs Blackburn (7.30pm)
Leeds vs Aston Villa (Sunday, 12pm)

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Match Reports

QPR 0-1 Forest

27 April 2019

Nottingham Forest secured their first win away from home since November with a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Karim Ansarifard’s goal on 55 minutes secured The Reds all three points in a solid defensive performance, with goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon saving a Nakhi Wells penalty late on.

Manager Martin O’Neill made one change to the side that comfortably beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at The City Ground on Monday with Sam Byram coming into the side to replace Pele.

The home side started well and forced an early corner from Molla Wague. The ball was whipped in towards the front post and Darnell Furlong flicked the header wide. Five minutes later, a sharp turn from Joe Lolley saw him feed through Ansarifard who shot, but his effort was tipped wide by Joe Lumley in the QPR goal.

QPR had a good opportunity to take the lead on 19 minutes when they were awarded a free-kick just outside the penalty area after a trip from Ryan Yates, but Josh Scowen’s effort edged just wide of the post.

Chances were limited for both sides in the first half but the lively Ebere Eze did carve out an opportunity for the home side when he raced forward into space before firing a low shot towards goal which was well held by Pantilimon.

Two minutes later The Reds then produced the best chance. Lolley’s dink over the Rangers defence sent Ansarifard through on goal who prodded the ball over the ‘keeper and off the bar before the ball was recollected. Yates was shown a yellow card shortly after.

Neither side made a change at the break and it was a quiet opening ten minutes to the second half, before The Reds broke the deadlock on 55 minutes. Some neat, intricate play on the edge of area between Lolley, Matty Cash and Joao Carvalho sent Ansarifard through on goal who coolly slotted the ball past Lumley to put his side into the lead.

QPR looked for a quick reply and they nearly got it when Tomer Hemed was picked out from a long ball forward. The striker brought it down and fired in a low shot which Pantilimon did well to save. The Forest ‘keeper then made another stunning save to keep out a Hemed header from close range soon after. Ansarifard was then replaced by Lewis Grabban.

Massimo Luongo produced another chance out of nothing with an impressive volley from the edge of the area which whistled inches wide of the post, as The Reds weathered a storm. Pantilimon was forced into another save when Eze was picked out from a corner but the goalkeeper did well to push it away to safety.

The Reds continued to defend well and made a double change which saw Adlene Guedioura and Claudio Yacob come on to replace Carvalho and Cash. The home side had a terrific opportunity to draw level on 88 minutes when they were awarded a penalty after Jack Robinson handled the ball inside the area from a corner. Wells stepped up to take it and it was fantastically saved by Pantilimon to his right.  

The home side had another glorious opportunity when Smith headed wide from a dangerous free-kick at the back post. Lolley could have secured all three points for The Reds when he raced through on goal and weaved his way into the penalty area before firing over, but Martin O’Neill’s side did hold out for an elusive away win.

Forest: Pantilimon, Byram, Wague, Milosevic, Robinson, Yates, Osborn, Cash (Yacob 81’), Carvalho (Guedioura 81’), Lolley, Ansarifard (Grabban 64’)

Subs not used: Steele, Watson, Murphy, Appiah

Goal: Ansarifard 55')

Bookings: Yates 39', Robinson 90'

QPR: Lumley, Furlong, Cameron, Leistner, Manning, Osayi-Samuel, Scowen, Luongo, Eze (Wells 75’), Lewis Walker (Shodipo 59’), Hemed (Smith75’)

Subs not used: Ingram, Carlyle, Wszolek, Freeman

Booking: Manning 90'

Referee: Scott Duncan

Attendance: 15,212 (2,367 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: QPR (A)

26 April 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to QPR are available from the Forest ticket office until 1pm on Friday.

Forest head to the capital for the final away trip of the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season as they visit Loftus Road on Saturday 27th April (kick-off 3pm) looking to end their travels on a high.

Tickets will not be available to purchase on the day, with no collections either other than duplicates which will be available from inbetween the main ticket office at Loftus Road and the club shop.

The club have received a full allocation of 3,031 reserved seat tickets located in the School End and tickets are priced as follows:

  Clear view, upper tier Clear view, lower tier Restricted view, upper tier
Adults Gold £33, Silver £28 Silver £28

Gold £31, Silver £26

Over 60s Gold £23, Silver £19 Silver £19

Gold £22, Silver £18

18-21s Gold £23, Silver £19 Silver £19 Gold £22, Silver £18
Under 18s Gold £16, Silver £13 Silver £13 Gold £15, Silver £12
Under 8s Gold £16, Silver FREE* Silver FREE* Gold £15, Silver FREE*
Disabled adults Silver £19 Silver £19 Silver £19

*Accompanied with an adult above the age of 18

Dates of sale

Friday 5th April Away members Online only
Monday 8th April Away members Online/phones/in-person
Tuesday 9th April Season card holders with 7+ loyalty points Online/phones/in-person
Wednesday 10th April Season card holders with 5+ loyalty points* Online/phones/in-person
Thursday 11th April Season card holders with 4+ loyalty points* Online/phones/in-person
Friday 12th April Season card holders with 3+ loyalty points* Online/phones/in-person
Saturday 13th April Season card holders with 2+ loyalty points* Online/phones/in-person
Monday 15th April Season card holders with 1+ loyalty points* Online/phones/in-person
Tuesday 16th April  Season card holders with 0+ loyalty points* Online/phones/in-person
Thursday 18th April Home members Online/phones/in-person
Saturday 20th April General sale Online/phones/in-person

*Subject to availability

Access to tickets

Tickets will not be available to collect until after Tuesday 16th April and all tickets purchased after 3pm on Wednesday 24th April cannot be posted.

Instead, these will be made available for collection directly from the Nottingham Forest ticket office as there will be no collections permitted at Loftus Road.

Supporters with accessibility needs

Supporters who have registered accessible needs with Nottingham Forest and who are receiving the higher rate of care or mobility can claim their tickets either over the phone on 0115 982 4388 or in-person at the ticket office.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 10am and is priced at £21. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

All match tickets can be purchased by visiting tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk or by visiting the ticket office in-person.

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