‘I did not sense this coming, not at all,’ says Ian Holloway after Nottingham Forest thrash QPR


Ian Holloway had not lost in his previous six games as a manager at the City Ground – but could not bring an end to the ‘voodoo’ run of form suffered by QPR on the banks of the River Trent.

The London club have never won at the home of Nottingham Forest in 34 attempts, including 29 in the League and this latest 4-0 defeat secured them an unwanted Football League record, as the worst run of form ever suffered by one team at a particular venue.

Holloway admitted it is one of those quirks of football that is hard to explain – but was more concerned about being unable to explain his side’s ‘lacklustre’ performance, following their recent wins over high flying Wolves and Sheffield United.

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Michael Mancienne blocks a cross

“It is weird, because I have won here a lot. I was hoping I could rub off on the lads today,” said Holloway when asked about QPR’s nightmare run at the City Ground. “But to win any game here, you have to have at least eight of your 11 players at the top of their game.

“In defence of my boys, it was not that they did not try to play well – but too many of them did not play well.

“Some of the decisions they were making? They looked tired and lacklustre. Sometimes you cannot put your finger on it.”

Holloway admitted that his side simply had not been good enough against a Forest side who produced their best performance of the season so far, with a brace from Tyler Walker and further goals from Barrie McKay and Kieran Dowell securing a deserved three points.

Tyler Walker celebrates putting Forest ahead

“The first goal in this game was vital – they got it. That first goal lifted them after we had started the better,” said the QPR manager. “I was surprised that we looked lacklustre when we got into good positions. We were not as sharp or as clinical as we have been.

“That made a huge difference. After they got the goal, they grew in confidence and we got a lot of things wrong.

“It was one of those days where I cannot count anyone who has done well in my team. Unfortunately the last goal summed it up.

“We have been ever so good in the last month, but we do have a voodoo curse here by the look of it and that was continued.

“Am I disappointed? Yes. But I have to take a wider view of things, because we have been very good in recent weeks.

“I did not like the way the game finished today. We looked beaten. Whoever I brought on, it did not lift us at all.”

Holloway said that he had not seen the performance – or the result – coming on the horizon.

“I did not sense this coming, not at all. You have to be kidding me? We had beaten two of the top teams in the division, coming into this,” he said.

“I don’t know what the difference was. We had almost the same team out there. We had the same formation and we should have had the same performance.

“There is no excuse for it. But we got beaten by a better team today.

“There is a long season to go. We cannot get too carried away. I will watch the video and hopefully I can find a few things that we can correct.

“Football is all about structure and you have to keep it, you have to act very quickly. We were too slow.”



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