It was torrid day at the office for QPR as they fell to a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest.

The hosts looked firmly in control ever since the first goal went in, with the Hoops rarely threatening to force their way back into the game.

But what are the main talking to arise from the clash at the City Ground? They’re not pleasant, but here they are.

A record-breaking day

You might have gathered, but it isn’t good news.

Much had been made of QPR’s poor record at the City Ground, but yesterday’s defeat set a new English record for the worst ever run at a particular away ground.

Since their first meeting in 1933/34, QPR have played 34 times, winning 0, drawing 14 and losing 20.

Well there’s always next year.

An uncharacteristic midfield display

The QPR midfield has been a consistent highlight so far this season, becoming the ever-reliable engine room in Ian Holloway’s team.

But not against Forest.

The trio of Josh Scowen, Massimo Luongo and Luke Freeman, although not being singled out for criticism, it was a particular surprise to see them struggling to cope with the hosts who did excellently to overrun them.

All three players usually player extremely close to each other, but they appeared to lose their discipline today, meaning Josh Scowen was often left alone to deal with the Nottingham Forest counter attack.

Massimo Luongo was the one highlight for the Hoops at the City Ground, but Freeman seemed to have a particularly quiet game, emphasising their importance to the team’s chances of getting a result.

Defensive collapse

Although not helped by a disjointed midfield, the QPR defence has possibly their worst game of the season.

From the moment Jack Robinson’s error allowed Forest in for the first goal, the Hoops looked shaky at the back and were caught out by the pace of the host’s wingers time after time.

Although doing well to push forward, Jake Bidwell and Alex Baptiste were consistently caught out but Barrie McKay and young Tyler Walker who got in behind the defence with ease, causing mayhem and mistakes across the whole defence.

Granted, Forest were excellent going forward with Kieran Dowell at the centre of every move, but QPR will come up against better forwards in the Championship, and will need to address that performance quickly if it isn’t to happen again.

Played at our own game

QPR have forged a reputation this term for their tireless work ethic, high pressing and quick counter-attacking football; only this time they weren’t the ones in control.

Despite a good start, it was Forest who took control of the match, giving the Hoops no time on the ball and forcing all 11 QPR players back into their area.

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Such pressure leads to mistakes and ultimately goals, and as QPR learned earlier this week in their victories at Loftus Road, these errors can be the difference between losing and winning.

Holloway won’t have liked getting a taste of his own medicine, and will certainly be wanting to ensure he’s not on the receiving end of his own master-plan again.

Back to earth with a bang

The Championship is a fickle league, and as quickly as QPR’s form went from seven games without a win to four without defeat, the club have been brought right back down to earth with a heavy defeat.

It’s now Ollie’s job to get his team rested and recovered in time for a difficult run of games after the international break, as the Hoops start to play their way into the festive fixtures.