Nottingham Forest’s win over QPR was ‘an absolutely great result for everybody concerned’ – Kenny Burns


You couldn’t help but be impressed on Saturday with Nottingham Forest’s thumping 4-0 win over QPR at the City Ground.

It’s an absolutely great result for everybody concerned. I was so pleased for Mark Warburton, his players, staff and the fans.

To score four good goals at home and keep a clean sheet, I can’t remember the last time we did that, so it’s pleasing especially on the back of that poor performance and result at Reading on Tuesday night.

Seeing Tyler Walker score twice was a particular highlight, as well as Kieran Dowell and Barrie McKay – both of whom have once again proved what good work Mark Warburton and his team did during the summer transfer window.

Barrie McKay celebrates scoring Forest’s third goal of the match

Despite scoring some very good goals, the thing that pleased me the most was keeping the clean sheet.

Obviously, as a former defender I’m always going to be delighted with a shut-out, especially given the amount of goals Forest have conceded so far this season, which needed to change.

QPR have had a couple of good results against teams like Wolves and Sheffield United in recent weeks so they would have come to the City Ground in good heart, despite their record of having never won in Nottingham – you always worry that these records will end at some point, and thankfully, it was Ian Holloway’s one that went.

I’ve said it before, you have to look at the opposition and Rangers came here confident on the back of two great results, but they’re only as good as you let them be and Forest didn’t give them any real chance to be good on Saturday, the Reds were at them right away.

It’s certainly very pleasing to win 4-0 and move to just two points off the play-offs as it is now following Middlesbrough’s narrow 1-0 win over local rivals Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton

Scoring goals in football isn’t as easy as people think it is and any we get are so important, especially with our frailties at the back, so to put four past QPR and get three points was brilliant.

I think the result will do wonders for the confidence going into the international break where we hope the players away on duty do well before coming back unscathed.

They did similar a month ago, beating Sheffield United 2-1 at the City in what was a very different performance to the one against the Hoops, so hopefully when Forest face another of my old clubs, Birmingham in a couple of weeks, the Reds will kick on and build-on that result.

Eight wins and eight draws from the opening 16 league games shows that they’re still very inconsistent.

It seems to be very bad one week, to being very good the next and then back to bad again, so that’s something in the run-up to Christmas that boss Mark Warburton needs to improve.

We need to try and get a succession of games unbeaten now, though the way things have been going Forest could get beaten three or four nil at Birmingham in the next game.

Tyler Walker scores his second and Forest’s fourth to make it 4-0

They have to find the consistency and stop conceding those sloppy goals, especially early on, we’ll be much stronger for it if we do.

What made watching the goals go in even sweeter, though, was seeing the result at Derby County and them losing 4-2 at home to Reading, which was a shame.

Speaking of Birmingham, I was a guest of honour at St Andrews last week for the derby with Aston Villa and thought Steve Cotterill’s side weren’t great.

They seem to play a lot of long-ball football and that should be easy for Forest to defend against. Other than the talented midfielder Cheikh N’Doye, I don’t think they’ve got anything to worry Mark Warburton.

I think that’s a place where they can get three points and maybe edge closer to the top six.



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