The record that Nottingham Forest must overcome to beat QPR


In the week building up to Saturday’s game between Nottingham Forest and QPR, much had been made of the visitors’ awful record at the City Ground.

For 83 years, the West London club have been coming to Nottingham and for 83 years, they’ve been going home empty handed, losing 19 times.

Despite that soul-destroying record, there is one thing in their favour as the Rs look for their first away win of the Championship season at their bogey ground.

It comes in the form of boss Ian Holloway.

Forest were last beaten by Ian Holloway at Loftus Road in April

While Rangers may have toiled on the banks of the Trent for the best of a century, it’s been a very different story for the former Bristol Rovers and Blackpool chief, now back for a second spell in charge.

Holloway is unbeaten at the City Ground in six visits, winning four of those and drawing the other two.

That’s a record that stands the test of time.

In 14 games he’s taken charge against the Reds, the 53-year-old has won an impressive eight times, drawing four, tasting defeat on just two occasions – averaging two points per game.

Holloway’s last loss on Trentside came in December 2004 during his last stint at Rs boss when Forest were 2-1 winners courtesy of goals from Andy Reid and Jack Lester.

The Rs won promotion at Wembley by beating Cardiff 3-2

The Reds haven’t beaten any side managed by the Rangers boss since a 2-1 win at Blackpool way back in 2011, while fans will remember his Tangerine side famously beating Billy Davies’ men over two legs in the 2010 Championship play-off semi-final.

Holloway had a certain DJ Campbell and his hat-trick to thank for that – a result that took the Seasiders to Wembley and eventual promotion to the Premier League.

Holloway’s most recent triumph over Forest came in the penultimate game of last season, when a 2-0 win for QPR at Loftus Road sealed their Championship survival and plunged Mark Warburton’s men into crisis, needing a final day win over Ipswich to survive in the second tier.

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