John Eustace urged his QPR team to express themselves in their final home match of the season against Nottingham Forest this weekend.

Following a spirited 2-0 loss at Derby County on Monday, Rangers sit 19th in the table – and having secured their Championship status weeks ago, Eustace feels it’s time to play with some freedom.

The Rs were unlucky to lose on Monday night – they created plenty and lost due to two goals in stoppage time – and caretaker manager Eustace is keen to pick up where they left off.

It’ll be music to fans’ ears, who will want to see their side sign off at Loftus Road in style after an underwhelming season.

“I haven’t had to lift the players after Derby – they are all looking forward to the game on Saturday,” he said.

“At the end of the day, we still lost at Derby, so we are looking for a positive reaction.

“We want to go out there and put in a competitive performance, especially with it being our last game at home.

“We created a lot of chances at Derby and I’d like us to play with more freedom and be more clinical on Saturday.”

Nottingham Forest, however, will prove tough opponents - Martin O’Neill’s side snapped a bad run of form with a brilliant 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.

And though they are out of the play-off race, Eustace expects Forest to present a tough challenge this weekend.

He added: “Every team in this division – it doesn’t matter who you are – can go on poor runs and good runs in this league.

“We know it’s going to be an extremely tough game.

“Martin O’Neill is a very experienced manager, a very good manager, and I am sure he will have his team ready.

“For us, the players want to finish with a good performance as a thank you to the fans for all their loyal support this season.”