Date: 24th February 2018 at 8:24pm
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Following today’s clash between Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Queens Park Rangers hosted Nottingham Forest at Loftus Road for a 3pm kick off on Saturday February 24, with the visitors taking a comfortable five two victory on the day.

Lee Tomlin gave Nottingham Forest the advantage with a brace either side of the half time mark, and further goals came from Joe Lolley, Matty Cash and Ben Brereton but Queens Park Rangers did start to make a game of it at three nil as Massimo Loungo made it three one, and following Forest’s fourth Matt Smith made it four two but the hosts had too big a mountain to climb.



Smithies, Onuoha, Robinson, Lynch (Eze 53), Wszolek, Luongo, Scowen, Freeman, Bidwell (Washington 71), Smyth, Smith.


Furlong, Ingram, Manning, Perch, Osayi-Samuel.

Nottm Forest:

Pantilimon, Darikwa, Pereira Figueiredo, Fox, Osborn, Watson, Colback (Guedioura 90), Cash, Tomlin (Dowell 69), Lolley (Worrall 85), Brereton.


Mancienne, Bridcutt, Kapino, Vellios.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Darren Bond blew the final whistle, Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway explained.

‘We started so edgy it was unreal. I could almost feel people hesitating when the ball dropped instead of going and snapping onto it like we have been – and we’ve done all season, to be fair, particularly at home. Everything we talk about, nobody did. I’ve watched all the goals and it’s horrendous – the same mistakes for every single one. It’s inexplicable because we practised it yesterday and they did it very well. It’s all about producing it in the arena. How many times you seen anybody, with the ball squared to them, and my team not in their face like a crazed raccoon around a bin? Every goal I’ve just watched, the ball was squared or played slightly forward and then that fella could play forward again.’

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka in his comparative interview explained.

‘I wasn’t concerned. One day it will arrive – and today has been the best example. The team has been aggressive on the pitch and, when we have chances, some days we will miss but some days we will score. I told the players before the game that today should be a reflection of the improvement of the team. There has been an improvement and today there was the perfect mixture; we were organised on the pitch, aggressive and confident. It’s the way that we have to keep playing.’


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