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Match preview: Forest vs QPR

21 December 2018

Nottingham Forest end 2018 at The City Ground with the visit of Queens Park Rangers as they look to climb back into the play-off spots tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

A goalless draw in the East Midlands derby on Monday night saw The Reds add another point to the total and they will be looking for all three on Saturday afternoon.

After a slow start to the season, QPR have recovered well to find themselves in mid table and within reach of the top ten.

Team news

Tobias Figueiredo returns from suspension to provide a selection dilemma for Aitor Karanka, with the Forest defence performing well at Derby on Monday night. 

The Forest boss has to decide whether to recall Figueiredo and return Jack Robinson to left back, or stick with Saidy Janko who impressed in the full back role at Pride Park.

Michael Dawson has been ruled out but Danny Fox could return to the matchday squad following injury.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Steve McClaren knows his side will have to be at their best to get anything from the game at The City Ground.

He said: "We knew these were going to be three difficult games. It's about performances, it's about competing and we want to be respected.

"Belief is gradually growing and growing. We've got to be consistent in terms of performances and if we do that we'll get results as we have been doing. If we fall below our standards we'll go to Forest and not get anything.

"Forest are a difficult team to play against and difficult to beat. We've got to match that. We've got to handle Forest who are on a roll and are very good at home.

"Aitor Karanka's got a side that's going to compete for the play-offs for sure."

One to watch - Luke Freeman

Luke Freeman is usually QPR's main man. The midfielder is one of the main creative forces in the Championship and is often central to every piece of attacking play produced by Steve McClaren's men.

Head to head

Forest wins - 30
QPR wins - 16
Draws - 21


Tickets are limited in all areas of the stadium, so act quickly in order to secure you seat for the action.

Full details can be found here.


The match will be available to watch on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

The club's official social media channels and the Match Centre will have full coverage of the game.

Other fixtures

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

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

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Match Reports

Forest 0-1 QPR

22 December 2018

A first-half header from Toni Leistner saw Nottingham Forest defeated by Queens Park Rangers at The City Ground this afternoon.

The Reds were unfortunate not to get something from the game as they dominated proceedings, with Adlene Guedioura rattling the crossbar late on but a resolute Rangers defence held firm for their first ever victory on Trentside.

There was a scrappy opening to the match as both sides struggled to find any real rhythm. The first opening of the game arrived on 16 minutes with some neat passing in the final third by Forest allowing Guedioura time to shoot at goal but he dragged his left-footed effort wide of the target.

Some fine defending from Saidy Janko prevented Ebere Eze from converting a dangerous cross into the Forest box on 25 minutes and Joe Lolley fizzed an effort a couple of yards wide of the post just after the half-hour mark as the goalmouth action was limited.

It took until the 45th minute for Rangers to carve out a clear opportunity and they took the lead on the stroke of half-time through their captain. Luke Freeman's dangerous delivery into the penalty area from a free kick on the right was flicked into the far corner by Leistner as The Hoops took an advantage into the break.

At the start of the second half, Aitor Karanka made a bold move to bring on both Daryl Murphy and Karim Ansarifard as The Reds went on the attack.

It almost paid off on 63 minutes as Murphy charged down the right wing, beating his man to deliver a ball into the box from the byline which Lewis Grabban met in the six-yard box only to header over under pressure from a Rangers defender.

Forest threw everything at the QPR defence but couldn't create any clear openings as the visitors held firm.

Tendayi Darikwa found space on the right with 15 minutes to go but dragged the ball across the face of the goal and with 85 minutes on the clock a teasing cross from substitute Michael Hefele was just behind Grabban as he tried to convert in front of goal.

As the clock ticked over onto 90 minutes, Guedioura let fly with a thunderbolt of a strike from all of 30 yards out which produced a stunning fingertip stop from QPR keeper Joe Lumley to tip onto the crossbar.

But it wasn't to be Forest's day as the visitors came away with their first win at The City Ground.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Figueiredo (Hefele 75'), Robinson, Janko, Guedioura, Colback, Lolley (Murphy 55'), Carvalho, Osborn (c) (Ansarifard 55'), Grabban

Unused subs: Steele, Cash, Yacob, Dias

Bookings: Carvalho 43', Ansarifard 58', Robinson 78'

QPR: Lumley, Cousins, Furlong, Leistner (c), Bidwell, Luongo, Scowen, Eze (Hall 88'), Wszolek, Freeman, Wells (Smith 87')

Unused subs: Ingram, Oteh, Chair, Osayi-Samuel, Kakay

Goal: Leistner 45'

Booking: Luongo 65'

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 28,177 (1,414 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: QPR (H)

21 December 2018

The City Ground hosts a pre-Christmas cracker on Saturday 22nd December (kick-off 3pm) as Nottingham Forest host Queens Park Rangers.

Both sides are well placed in the Sky Bet Championship and will be keen to stay in the play-off mix so an entertaining game is in store on Trentside.

Tickets are now on general sale with adult tickets priced at £28 and under 11s just £6 each.

Full sales information can be found below:

  Pre-matchday Matchday
Adults £28 £30
Seniors (65+) £22 £24
Youths (18-23) £14 £14
Juniors (12-17) £12 £12
Kids (4-11) £6 £6

Dates of sale

On sale to Date
Season card holders and home members Monday 19th November - 9am
General sale Thursday 22nd November - 9am

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, by visiting the ticket office in-person or calling 0115 982 4388.

Accessible seating information

Supporters who are registered disabled with Nottingham Forest can claim a Disabled Companion seat providing that they are entitled to the high rate of Disabled Living Allowance for either care or mobility, the high rate of Attendance Allowance or the enhanced rate of Personal Independence Payment.

Matchday hospitality

If you are looking to enjoy a special day at The City Ground, then don’t forget that hospitality packages for the game are available. Prices start from just £60 (+VAT) per person and details can be found by visiting the commercial website or by calling 0115 982 4450 for more details.


Nottingham Forest now operate a print-at-home service for supporters to utilise when purchasing tickets. Below is a handy video to explain the system.

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