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Queens Park Rangers 2-5 Nottingham Forest

Lee Tomlin scores from Nottingham Forest at QPR
Lee Tomlin grabbed the first two goals and also set up Forest's third

Lee Tomlin scored twice as Nottingham Forest ended their five-game winless league run in style at QPR.

Matt Smith hit the bar for the hosts before Tomlin's shot put Forest ahead.

The Reds seized control after the break with two quick goals, Tomlin crashing in his second and then teeing up Joe Lolley for number three.

Massimo Luongo's close-range effort and a Smith header either side of a Matty Cash strike made it 4-2, but a fine run and shot by Ben Brereton sealed things.

Rangers were left wondering what might have been, after two key moments early in each half went against them.

Firstly, Smith's header crashed back off the underside of the crossbar and bounced down on the line, and then just after half-time, Luongo's goalbound effort was brilliantly saved by Forest keeper Costel Pantilimon seconds before Tomlin doubled the visitors' lead.

Rangers managed 17 efforts on goal - two more than the visitors - but only four were on target. Forest were rewarded for their clinical finishing with on-loan Cardiff striker Tomlin particularly impressive.

The Reds had failed to score in eight of their previous 10 matches but ended with five away from home for the first time since winning at Barnsley by the same score in November 2016.

The victory lifted Aitor Karanka's side to 15th in the Championship table, a point and a place above QPR.

QPR boss Ian Holloway:

"We started so edgy it was unreal. I could almost feel people hesitating when the ball dropped instead of going and snapping onto it like we have been - and we've done all season, to be fair, particularly at home.

"Everything we talk about, nobody did. I've watched all the goals and it's horrendous - the same mistakes for every single one.

"It's inexplicable because we practised it yesterday and they did it very well. It's all about producing it in the arena.

"How many times you seen anybody, with the ball squared to them, and my team not in their face like a crazed raccoon around a bin? Every goal I've just watched, the ball was squared or played slightly forward and then that fella could play forward again."

Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka:

"I wasn't concerned. One day it will arrive - and today has been the best example.

"The team has been aggressive on the pitch and, when we have chances, some days we will miss but some days we will score.

"I told the players before the game that today should be a reflection of the improvement of the team.

"There has been an improvement and today there was the perfect mixture; we were organised on the pitch, aggressive and confident. It's the way that we have to keep playing."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Smithies
  • 5Onuoha
  • 18Robinson
  • 6LynchSubstituted forEzeat 53'minutes
  • 22Wszolek
  • 21Luongo
  • 11ScowenBooked at 84mins
  • 7Freeman
  • 3BidwellSubstituted forWashingtonat 70'minutes
  • 37Smyth
  • 17Smith

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 9Washington
  • 13Ingram
  • 14Manning
  • 24Perch
  • 30Eze
  • 34Osayi-Samuel

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1PantilimonBooked at 72mins
  • 27Darikwa
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 13Fox
  • 11Osborn
  • 32Watson
  • 18ColbackSubstituted forGuédiouraat 90'minutes
  • 14Cash
  • 15TomlinBooked at 35minsSubstituted forDowellat 69'minutes
  • 23LolleySubstituted forWorrallat 85'minutes
  • 17Brereton

Substitutes

  • 4Mancienne
  • 5Guédioura
  • 7Bridcutt
  • 20Dowell
  • 33Kapino
  • 39Vellios
  • 42Worrall
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
13,675

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

  7. Post update

    Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

  11. Post update

    Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Nottingham Forest 5. Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matthew Cash with a headed pass.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Adlène Guédioura replaces Jack Colback.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Robinson (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn tries a through ball, but Ben Brereton is caught offside.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Joe Worrall replaces Joe Lolley.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves34227559283173
2Cardiff33197749272264
3Aston Villa34189753322163
4Derby341612653312260
5Fulham341611757372059
6Bristol City33141274839954
7Middlesbrough341571246341252
8Sheff Utd33164134639752
9Preston34121574033751
10Brentford341311105041950
11Leeds34147134743449
12Millwall341212104035548
13Ipswich34146144543248
14Norwich341211113437-347
15Nottm Forest34124184153-1240
16QPR34109153851-1339
17Sheff Wed34813133744-737
18Reading33810153845-734
19Bolton34810162951-2234
20Hull33711154450-632
21Barnsley33710163347-1431
22Birmingham3486202251-2930
23Burton3478192660-3429
24Sunderland34512173761-2427
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