Nottingham Forest closed the gap to the playoff places as they produced one of the comfortable football results of the midweek action in the Championship. Andre Gray opened the scoring in the 40th minute for the visitors before Djed Spence equalized in the 55th minute. Ryan Yates put the home side ahead in the 83rd minute before Brennan Johnson sealed the win in the 87th minute.
Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper: “They were a bit better than us for the first 10 minutes but we were good after that and looked like we were going to take the lead after a couple of near-misses. Then, they scored against the run of play and that can derail you when you are playing well but, in the second half, we were brilliant. It took a brilliant goal from Djed to level the scores and sometimes you need something special to start things off but, in the end, they could not live with us and they are a team that has been in the top six for most of the season so, to run over them the way we did, meant we were really good for the win.”
QPR’s Mark Warburton: “I thought we were good in the first half and started the game very well. Our shape was good and we were causing them problems. Chris Willock coming off was a blow as he’s a dangerous attacking threat for us but we went on to get a good goal and missed a sitter, which was a big moment. They went on to score a 30-yard screamer and we went on to concede from a set-piece, which is the bit that really hurts. The goalkeeper then pulled his left hamstring and couldn’t move for the third goal so we’ve got four keepers out injured now, which is quite amazing.”
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