Queens Park Rangers 5-2 Nottingham Forest

QPR midfielder Yossi Benayoun (left) heads his side ahead against Nottingham Forest

QPR scored three goals in the last six minutes to deal another blow to Nottingham Forest's play-off hopes.

The home side took the lead when Yossi Benayoun headed in after keeper Karl Darlow had parried Tom Carroll's shot.

Jamaal Lascelles headed Forest's equaliser but Junior Hoilett poked in a shot to restore the home side's lead.

Matt Derbyshire nodded in to again haul Forest level but late Nedum Onuoha, Ravel Morrison and Bobby Zamora strikes sealed QPR's win.

Automatic promotion appears out of reach for QPR, but the victory should see them in the play-offs and provide much-needed momentum after three games without winning.

Forest have now gone 12 league games without a win and the reversal in form they needed to re-ignite their challenge for a top six spot did not materialise.

The visitors found themselves behind after just two minutes when Carroll's shot was saved by City keeper Darlow before Benayoun raced in to nod in the loose ball from close range.

Forest had struggled to mount a threat on QPR's goal but equalised when Lascelles headed in a Lansbury corner against the run of play.

Parity lasted six minutes before Hoilett restored QPR's lead when he played a neat one-two with Benayoun before poking a shot past Darlow.

QPR failed to deal with another corner to allow Derbyshire to head in at the near post as Forest equalised again.

However, the home side produced a late flurry of goals to secure victory. Onuoha kept the ball in play before latching on to a Carroll pass and angling in a shot.

Morrison and Zamora scored in injury-time to wrap up the three points.

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond: "We're delighted to have got the win we needed, that hopefully goes a long way to securing our play-off spot.

"It will be good to go into the play-offs with a bit of momentum. We haven't scored that many all season, so it was a good day.

"It's not an exact science, but you'd like to feel like a side in good form and with everyone sharp and fit."

Nottingham Forest caretaker boss Gary Brazil: "I didn't see the last few minutes going like that.

"At 2-2 and with 15 minutes to go, I thought we looked the side more likely to get the third goal.

"To lose those goals right at the end is bitter for everyone. We had the opportunity to go on and win the game and we didn't take it. In the end, the score makes it look like we got a doing, but it wasn't like that."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4127863589
2Burnley42231453183
3Derby42229112775
4QPR422110111573
5Wigan411910121467
6Brighton421713121264
7Ipswich42171312864
8Reading411712121363
9Bournemouth42171114162
10Blackburn42151512360
11Nottm Forest42141711459
12Middlesbrough421416121058
13Watford411415121657
14Bolton42131514-254
15Sheff Wed42121416050
16Leeds4214820-950
17Huddersfield42121020-946
18Birmingham41111020-1043
19Doncaster42111021-2643
20Blackpool42101220-2642
21Charlton40101119-2341
22Millwall4291320-3040
23Yeovil4281222-2536
24Barnsley4181221-2936
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