Nottingham Forest 4-0 Queens Park Rangers Player Ratings: brilliant Bridcutt

Dowell nets the second –

Free-flowing Forest swept away an imbalanced QPR side 4-0 thanks to a Tyler Walker brace, which sandwiched goals from Kieran Dowell and Barrie McKay. Here’s our player ratings from the game.

Nottingham Forest

Jordan Smith – caught crosses well when needed, but it’s fair to say the young stopper has had busier afternoons. 6

Eric Lichaj – made some good interceptions to cut out QPR’s left-sided threat early on and steadily grew in confidence. Always looked to play early balls forward in the transitional phases. 8
Joe Worrall – dominated Mackie in the first half and defended stoutly in the second whenever QPR put a ball in the box. 9
Michael Mancienne – the ex-Chelsea academy graduate was imperious all afternoon. He dominated Sylla in the first half, before Smith had the exact same treatment after the break. 8
Armand Traore – took risks in possession and while he was caught out because of this a couple of times early on, his positive approach undoubtedly benefited his side’s play. 7

Liam Bridcutt – perhaps the midfielder that was most receptive to danger, often covering at centre-back to help stem opposition attacks. His defensive discipline won’t gain worldwide admirers, but it was key to allowing the attacking quintet the freedom to shine. 10
Ben Osborn – he was everywhere. One attacking move started by him sprinting 60-yards to cut out an opposition cross before playing the ball forward, epitomizing his passion for his club. 8

Tyler Walker – perhaps the proudest day of his career to date. Acted as – forgive the unnecessarily fancy title – a raumdeuter, who stayed wide when the ball was in the middle third and found ways of ghosting into goalscoring positions. It’s easy to see why fans have taken to him. 9
Kieran Dowell – guilty of the odd misplaced pass early on but once the first goal went in, he grew in confidence, as we saw with the way he rounded the keeper for Forest’s second. That’s five goals in six now for the energetic Everton loanee. 8
Barrie McKay – in his first touch of the ball, he dwelled on it too much. While that’s not a good habit, it showed he wanted the ball and that confidence soon came to the fore in a more positive sense. The 22-year-old put in an impressive first half and a goal and an assist in the second. 9

Daryl Murphy – worked tirelessly and held the ball up well for runners from midfield, assisting Walker’s opener. His industry gave the players behind him the platform to shine. 8

Andreas Bouchalakis (on 77) – the ‘might Bouch’ instigated a late period of pressure for Forest, who showed intent in the closing stages.
Mustapha Carayol (on 85) – looked direct and hungry for goals, unlucky to see his injury-time effort saved by Smithies after a powerful run.
Jamie Ward (on 86)

Queens Park Rangers

Alex Smithies – his positioning was suspect for the first two goal and he might have commanded his area better, although he did deny Carayol well in added time. 3

Alex Baptiste – looked flummoxed at times by the movement of Dowell and left too big a gap between himself and Lynch. 1
Joel Lynch – couldn’t handle Murphy’s power despite being of a reasonable size himself. Might have been slightly fortunate to return straight to the starting line-up after the Hoops kept a clean sheet without him against Sheffield United in midweek. 3
Jack Robinson – often caught out by Walker’s late runs into the box but was not helped by the lack of defensive protection in front of him. 3

David Wheeler – didn’t look at all comfortable in the wing-back role, given that his performances in League Two for Exeter came on the right of an attacking trio. Taken off at half-time. 2
Massimo Luongo – some bright runs into wide areas early on but he was thereon given an impossible job due to the massive gap between the attack and defence. Didn’t dominate as he has in recent games though. 4
Josh Scowen – asked to do far too much work going forward and back, which ironically limited his contributions in both phases of play. Sometimes tried to win the ball too high up the pitch and got caught out as a result. 4
Jake Bidwell – shambolic defensively and made more inaccurate passes than he did accurate ones, although he was not helped by the lack of movement ahead of him. 1

Luke Freeman – his ball-playing qualities are best used when he has quick runners either side and in front of him, but he did not have that and his deliveries were not at the usual standard. 4
Conor Washington – the main question about the Northern Irishman has always been his finishing ability at this level, but on Saturday he didn’t even show his usual raw pace and energy. When he couldn’t rely on his one standard trump card, it was difficult to see what he offered. 2
Idrissa Sylla – guilty of slowing down QPR’s first half breakaways. He often had to retreat to connect with forward balls because he didn’t have the speed to run onto them. Didn’t get the necessary support to utilize his usual aerial qualities. 1

Jamie Mackie (on 45) – worked hard to try and help his side up the pitch, yet Forest’s players shared his ethic whilst showing more ability. 5
Matt Smith (on 45) – was unable to get the better of Mancienne throughout his time on the pitch. 4
Yeni N’Gbakoto (on 74) – the Congolese wide man might normally offer more pace down the left than Bidwell, but on this occasion the game bypassed him. 4