Tyler Walker gets his rewards with first league start of season for Nottingham Forest against QPR


Tyler Walker was rewarded for his recent impressive substitute appearances with his first Championship start of the season as Nottingham Forest faced QPR at the City Ground.

The Reds striker had made a positive impact when coming off the bench in the last two games in particular, against Hull City and at Reading on Tuesday night.

And his inclusion in the first XI was one of three changes made by boss Mark Warburton as Forest looked to bounce back from their midweek defeat at the Madejski Stadium.

Fellow forward Daryl Murphy returned to the side after recovering from a hamstring problem, while Armand Traore was also included.

The latter had been left out of the matchday squad in midweek despite being passed fit from a hamstring injury of his own, but he returned at the expense of Tendayi Darikwa against the Hoops.

There was no place for full-back Darikwa on the bench, while David Vaughan was also not included, but Jason Cummings was among the substitutes.

Nottingham Forest’s Tyler Walker is denied by Reading goalkeeper Vito Mannone

It meant Forest seemed set to start with a back four of Eric Lichaj at right-back, Michael Mancienne and Joe Worrall in the centre and Traore on the left, in front of goalkeeper Jordan Smith.

How the Reds would line up further forward was less clear, but Liam Bridcutt and Ben Osborn could take on the holding roles in midfield, with Walker part of an attacking trio alongside Kieran Dowell and Barrie McKay supporting Murphy up front.

Ben Brereton missed out on a place among the substitutes as Jamie Ward came in after recovering from concussion.

Warburton’s men went into the game aiming for a third successive home win and looking to continue QPR’s record of never having won at the City Ground.

Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Mancienne, Worrall, Traore, Bridcutt, Osborn, Walker, Dowell, McKay, Murphy. Subs: Henderson, Mills, Clough, Carayol, Ward, Bouchalakis, Cummings.

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