There are not many occasions in which you would actively encourage Nottingham Forest not to make history, but Saturday’s meeting with QPR is one of them.

The Reds are enjoying a productive campaign and may well get the chance to re-write the record books.

A return to the Premier League for the first time in the 21st century is the ultimate goal, and success will make heroes of the class of 2018/19.

Many boxes are being ticked – most clean sheets in the top four tiers, leading goalscorer in the Championship, club-high season card sales etc.

There is, however, still a long way to go.

Arduous path

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One game at a time is the sensible, if somewhat clichéd mantra for the Reds as they seek to avoid becoming nearly men.

The next step down an arduous path is set to bring QPR to the City Ground this weekend.

If you could hand-pick an opponent, they would be it.

Not on form, which has delivered only three defeats in 12, or league standing, with Steve McClaren’s side currently sat 13th.

It is the fact that the Rs have never tasted success on the banks of the Trent which makes them, in theory, the perfect foe for Forest.

A meeting between the two clubs in November of 2017 saw history made, as the Reds swept to a 4-0 win.

That setback meant it was 34 games and counting for QPR without a triumph at the City Ground.

That run includes 29 league fixtures and stretches back some 84 years – making it officially the worst of any Football League side.

Many stalemates

Having made history themselves a little over 12 months ago, it is now up to Forest to ensure that no more is made in their latest outing.

A point would be a disappointment in the grand scheme of things, with greater home comforts being sought amid a campaign of many stalemates, but it would keep things as they are.

Records are there to be broken – McClaren knows as much as he prepares for a return to familiar surroundings.

Just not on Saturday.


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