Queens Park Rangers moved into the Championship play-off places on Friday night despite Jack Colback’s injury time strike securing a point for Nottingham Forest.
The hosts took the lead on the stroke of half-time after superb work from winger Albert Adomah saw the 33-year-old set up Lyndon Dykes for a simple header at the back post following a perfectly weighted cross.
Dykes had a couple of chances to put the result beyond all doubt in the second half, but Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba raced off his line to deny the Scotland international one-on-one before Djed Spence produced a brilliant last-ditch tackle as the striker lined up a shot.
It didn’t seem as though those missed opportunities would matter as the game neared the final whistle, although Steve Cooper’s charges had other ideas.
The visitors were chasing a fifth straight victory on the road and managed to rescue a draw late on when Jack Colback’s effort took a deflection and nestled in the back of the net, securing his first goal since March 2019.
Despite the last-minute setback for QPR, the west Londoners will take plenty of positives from an entertaining, closely-fought encounter at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
Most of their promising play came through ex-Forest attacker Adomah, who appeared to have a point to prove against his former employers.
As per SofaScore, the £13,000-per-week beast received a match rating of 8.4 out of 10, by far the highest total of any player on the pitch. When taking a closer look at his underlying numbers, it’s easy to understand why.
Not only did Adomah grab an assist, he also won a whopping 15 duels as he continued to dominate his full-back throughout the 90 minutes, completed four of his five attempted dribbles successfully and made two key passes (Sofascore).
What was really impressive, though, was how the Ghanaian was just as effective when carrying out his defensive duties for Mark Warburton’s side. He made a huge seven tackles, along with two interceptions, highlighting his effective performance at both ends of the pitch (Sofascore).
QPR will be hoping for more of the same from Adomah in the weeks to come as they target a top six finish, with a trip to Cardiff City up next in midweek.