Nottingham Forest slipped to a 2-0 defeat at QPR on the opening day of the 2020/21 campaign, with Lyndon Dykes and Ilias Chair netting the goals.

It was another abject display by the Reds who were made to pay for some suspect composure in front of goal.

 

After the heartbreak of last season, Sabri Lamouchi was in desperate need of a victory but it wasn’t to be.

Following the latest defeat, we looked at five takeaways from the game at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Future bleak for Joao Carvalho

Despite featuring in every game of pre-season and in last weekend’s cup defeat to Barnsley, Carvalho didn’t even make the squad for the defeat at QPR.

The Portuguese No.10 has apparently been banished to train with a smaller group of players, that also includes Albert Adomah (The Athletic).

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Carvalho arrived at Forest in 2018 for £13 million, spread into various instalments.

It would seem as though the Reds are keen to find a buyer for Carvalho who has struggled for consistency during his time at the club.

With just three weeks of the transfer window remaining, it remains to be seen if the club can fix the 23-year-old up with new employers.

Confidence shot

Lewis Grabban missed three gilt-edged chances in West London and on another day he’d have departed with the match ball tucked under his arm.

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The striker has competition for his place this season from Lyle Taylor and from Miguel Angel Guerrero who has arrived from Olympiacos.

Having scored 20 times last season it’s no surprise he’s kept his place as the club’s primary outlet up top but he’s going to need to get his scoring boots found moving forward.

Right-back conundrum

Perhaps surprisingly Jordan Gabriel kept his place at right-back, keeping Carl Jenkinson and Tendayi Darikwa on the fringes.

Gabriel didn’t do too badly at QPR but he does still look somewhat raw when it comes to defending.

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Tobias Figueiredo being pulled out of position to cover the youngster led to him giving away a clumsy penalty which enabled QPR to take the lead.

Jenkinson and Darikwa both have vast experience and it’d be surprising if one of those two didn’t come in for the next game.

Surprise defensive decision

Yuri Ribeiro was arguably a standout performer last season, yet he didn’t make the bench at QPR.

New recruit Tyler Blackett was given the nod at left-back with the energetic Portuguese performer left at home twiddling his thumbs.

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Lamouchi admitted after the game that the decision wasn’t down to an injury and that it was probably the wrong call.

That in itself is probably an understatement and Ribeiro should be playing when available for selection.

Standout performers

After a 2-0 defeat with some pretty average football played, it wasn’t all doom and gloom in the capital.

Luke Freeman showed signs of rustiness but on the whole, looked lively and as though he could take the creativity mantle on this season.

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Meanwhile, Jack Colback was making his third debut for the Reds and he typified his usual professional displays.

The 30-year-old covered every single blade of grass and looked capable of replacing Ben Watson who excelled last season.

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