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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."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 2Simpson
  • 39Assou-Ekotto
  • 10Carroll
  • 15Onuoha
  • 5Dunne
  • 35Benayoun
  • 16JenasSubstituted forHenryat 13'minutes
  • 9AustinSubstituted forZamoraat 75'minutes
  • 4Morrison
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forKranjcarat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Keane
  • 13Yun
  • 18Hughes
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 20Henry
  • 25Zamora
  • 26Murphy

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 15Halford
  • 13Fox
  • 18JaraSubstituted forGreeningat 65'minutes
  • 16Lascelles
  • 22Wilson
  • 12Mackie
  • 37Peltier
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 10LansburySubstituted forOsbornat 65'minutes
  • 31CoxSubstituted forHendersonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Harding
  • 9Henderson
  • 14Greening
  • 24Vaughan
  • 29de Vries
  • 32Gomis
  • 38Osborn
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
17,220

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away11
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 5, Nottingham Forest 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 5, Nottingham Forest 2.

  3. Post update

    Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Peltier.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 5, Nottingham Forest 2. Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ravel Morrison with a through ball following a fast break.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 4, Nottingham Forest 2. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Robert Green tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

  12. Post update

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 3, Nottingham Forest 2. Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Carroll following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

  17. Post update

    Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Yossi Benayoun with a headed pass.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

  20. Post update

    Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester41278677423589
2Burnley422314566353183
3Derby422291175482775
4QPR4221101154391573
5Wigan4119101254401467
6Brighton4217131249371264
7Ipswich421713125547864
8Reading4117121262491363
9Bournemouth421711145958162
10Blackburn421515125956360
11Nottm Forest421417116258459
12Middlesbrough4214161254441058
13Watford4114151266501657
14Bolton421315145456-254
15Sheff Wed421214165555050
16Leeds42148205463-950
17Huddersfield421210205160-946
18Birmingham411110205363-1043
19Doncaster421110213864-2643
20Blackpool421012203561-2642
21Charlton401011193053-2341
22Millwall42913204272-3040
23Yeovil42812224267-2536
24Barnsley41812213867-2936
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