Queens Park Rangers slumped to a resounding defeat against Nottingham Forest on Easter Monday, largely thanks to major defensive mistakes, and at the forefront of it all was the Hoops’ usually reliable two-time skipper Yoann Barbet.
Mark Warburton’s side were heavily punished for their errors as the Reds romped home to a 3-1 victory, and it was Barbet’s calamitous blunder before the break which very much set the tone for the struggling visitors.
The Frenchman attempted to shield the ball out of play for a routine goal kick but was too lightweight as Sammy Ameobi robbed him of the ball before teeing up Alex Mighten for an easy finish from close range.
Warburton has every right to be left reeling by Barbet’s display, especially as he’s usually among their highest-rated players for the campaign, averaging 6.93 from WhoScored for the season (third-best).
As a leader from the back, the centre-back recorded the most touches (98) of any other player on the pitch, only highlighting his sheer influence on this Rs side as well as on the game. Everything starts through him – but in return, the Frenchman was a liability.
He won just one of four duels (25%), both on the ground and in the air, which means he struggled to cope with the threat of Forest duo Lewis Grabban and Ameobi on his side.
Barbet was also dribbled past once and committed one foul, via SofaScore, only adding to his evident struggles.
The long-serving QPR ace was also poor with the ball, losing possession 15 times, the most of any centre-back on the pitch, and that has to be a cause for concern as it meant he was giving the ball straight back to Forest, which would’ve undoubtedly aided their dominance. On average once every six minutes, Barbet gifted the play back to the home side.