Tyler Walker deserved his chance – and he took it, says Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton after brace against QPR


Mark Warburton says Tyler Walker had earned his Nottingham Forest chance on the training ground – and praised the two-goal front man for his attitude following the thumping 4-0 win over QPR.

Walker’s brace helped the Reds to an emphatic win over Ian Holloway’s side at the City Ground, with the equally impressive Kieran Dowell and Barrie McKay also finding the back of the net.

It was a result that ensured an unwanted Football League record for QPR , who have now failed to win in 34 attempts – including 29 in the league – at the City Ground, which is now the worst run suffered by any side at any one venue.

It was a fine all round team display that earned Forest victory – but the decision to hand Walker his f irst Championship start of the season was certainly vindicated, as he played a key role with his double.

Tyler Walker celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal of the match

“Every player has to see a pathway and, if you train well and work hard, you have to get your reward for that – he deserved that start,” said Warburton. “He had a hand in goals at Hull, winning a penalty and he was a handful when he came on in midweek, at Reading. He deserved his chance and he took it.

“Credit has to go to David Weir. We both value Tyler very highly. But I felt it might be better for him to go out on loan and develop. I was worried that he might not get much opportunity here.

“I was concerned that he would just be sat on the bench. But credit to David because he persuaded me that we should keep him in and around the first team here.

“It was a big call from him and I trust his judgement. So we kept him here and now you can see that he is a real threat.

“We play with one up top mostly, we have Daryl Murphy in good form and scoring goals, we have Jason Cummings in good form and scoring, we have Ben Brereton, Jamie Ward and Apostolos Vellios all wanting to play down the middle.

“You have to work hard. You can be disappointed and frustrated. But you have to respond to that by getting your head down and working even harder.”

Kieran Dowell celebrates scoring to make it 2-0 with Joe Worrall

Warburton praised his side for their cutting edge – as they repeatedly carved open their opponents, who arrived in good form, having beaten Wolves and Sheffield United in their previous games.

And he did have a broad smile on his face when he insisted that Forest should have had more goals, given the chances they created.

“When we move it quickly and don’t take an extra touch; when we get runners forward, we look very, very dangerous,” said Warburton. “We missed a lot of chances in the first half. We were good in the first half. There are so many pleasing aspects to this game.

“As a squad we have to keep learning. There were lots of very positive things to take from this, but we missed a lot of chances as well.

“We created a lot of chances against a strong QPR team, who came here on the back of two very good results – so that is a very pleasing performance.

“I am pleased for the players and the fans, of course. But we have to learn from this, just as we do every game.

“We were a little bit slow coming out of the blocks and allowed them a couple of chances and, after we had gone 3-0 up, we dropped too deep.

Armand Traore in possession

“We have won by four goals, but it is not the first time we have created a lot of chances in games. We created opportunities at Reading and we created a lot of chances here against Fulham.

“It is about taking those chances. We missed a lot of chances today but we also put four in the back of the net so I am delighted for the players that they have got their reward for a good performance, heading into the international break.”



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