Nottingham Forest suffered defeat on the opening day of the Championship campaign, losing 2-0 to Queens Park Rangers at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

After a cagey first-half it was QPR who got themselves in front from the penalty spot. Lyndon Dykes firing home from 12 yards after a clumsy foul by Figueiredo.

Forest huffed and puffed to try and get a foothold in the game and had Lewis Grabban had his shooting boots on they might have left the capital with three points.

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Ilias Chair confirmed the three points for the hosts deep into stoppage time, with Forest once again shooting themselves in the foot late on.

It wasn’t to be though and the long wait for a win for the Reds goes on to next Saturday when they face Cardiff City at the City Ground.

Sabri Lamouchi has overseen just three wins from the last 17 games in all competitions and desperately needs a win.

The demons of last season’s capitulation need laying to rest and the only way the Reds will do that is by putting three points on the board.

Lamouchi’s team selection yesterday threw up a few surprises.

 

Jordan Gabriel kept his place in the team, keeping both Carl Jenkinson and Tendayi Darikwa out of proceedings.

Joao Carvalho has played a strong part of pre-season but he didn’t even make the squad against QPR.

Whilst the most surprising of all was Lamouchi’s decision to leave Yuri Ribeiro back in Nottingham, with Tyler Blackett starting at left-back.

Following yesterday’s game, we looked at the performances of the Forest players and marked them out of 10.

Brice Samba – 6

Jordan Gabriel – 4

Tobias Figueiredo – 4

Joe Worrall – 5

Tyler Blackett – 5

Ryan Yates – 5

Jack Colback – 7

Joe Lolley – 6

Luke Freeman – 7

Nuno Da Costa – 5

Lewis Grabban – 5

Subs

Lyle Taylor – 6

Sammy Ameobi – 7

Alex Mighten – 6

Statistics provided by Jack Bryan

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