Championship
Nottm Forest0QPR0

Nottingham Forest 0-0 Queens Park Rangers: Lamouchi frustrated by City Ground stalemate

Joe Worrall turns away from QPR's Ebere Eze
Joe Worrall (right) had a goal disallowed for Forest in the first half

Nottingham Forest missed the chance to move up to third in the Championship as their former boss Mark Warburton steered QPR to a battling draw at a blustery City Ground.

Forest dominated the first half and thought they had taken the lead, only for Joe Worrall's fine header to be controversially ruled out because Joe Lolley's corner was deemed to have been delivered from outside the quadrant.

Rangers, who go 15th thanks to a third game without defeat, improved after the interval with playmaker Ebere Eze continuing to be their standout player, but they could only fashion half-chances.

The Reds remained the more ambitious and dangerous.

Joe Lolley sent a header just past the post in time added on, but Forest only mustered two efforts on target from a drab game played in front of a packed crowd.

Victory for Leeds over Reading means Forest remain fifth and are now six points adrift of second place, but Bristol City's 3-0 defeat against leaders West Bromwich Albion does strengthen their play-off chances, with the Robins now three behind in seventh.

Sabri Lamouchi's side were the more impressive throughout but have now gone three games without a win.

They continued to pose the greater threat after their fury at seeing Worrall's effort ruled out began to subside. Tiago Silva was scheming in midfield, with the typically dangerous Lolley shooting wide and Sammy Ameobi and Lewis Grabban also going close.

QPR offered precious little in attack, although Eze still stood out on the rare occasions the visitors ventured forward. He was involved in their only decent first-half attack when he combined with Jordan Hugill to set up Marc Pugh, whose dangerous low cross was cut out with Hugill lurking for a tap-in.

Ryan Manning had a decent shot blocked for the visitors soon after the resumption, while Grabban headed narrowly wide for Forest, who also saw Angel Rangel and Dominic Ball make vital clearances after a goalmouth melee.

Lolley so nearly snatched victory in the last of five added minutes, but Forest's best attacking player headed narrowly wide.

Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi:

"We missed an opportunity and it is not the first time, but I hope it will be the last time.

"We created some chances but, unfortunately, it was not enough. We missed the last touch, the last pass, the last piece of the jigsaw.

"My players were very down, but I told them that, when I need to complain about them, I will complain, but today I cannot.

"If the Worrall goal had stood, the situation would have been different. Sometimes decisions go for you, sometimes against you - but rules are rules."

QPR manager Mark Warburton:

"Obviously it means a bit more. When you have managed a great club like Forest you want your team to come here and do well, it is as simple as that.

"They would have fancied moving up the table if they could pick up three points today, because of the other results, but we did a good job against them.

"You see Barnsley win at Fulham and few people are surprised by these results. That is this division. You have to stand up and produce your best, because if you don't you will get hurt, regardless of the opposition."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 11Cash
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 4Worrall
  • 2Ribeiro
  • 8Watson
  • 28SilvaSubstituted forCarvalhoat 78'minutes
  • 19AmeobiSubstituted forYatesat 60'minutes
  • 23Lolley
  • 14DiakhabyBooked at 54minsSubstituted forMightenat 71'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 10Carvalho
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 20Dawson
  • 22Yates
  • 34Walker
  • 48Mighten
  • 49Muric

QPR

  • 32Kelly
  • 22RangelBooked at 63mins
  • 4Hall
  • 29Barbet
  • 14Manning
  • 12Ball
  • 5Cameron
  • 20Osayi-SamuelBooked at 90mins
  • 10EzeSubstituted forAmosat 88'minutes
  • 7PughSubstituted forChairat 76'minutes
  • 9HugillBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 8Amos
  • 18Oteh
  • 19Chair
  • 23Masterson
  • 47Clarke
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
28,750

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yuri Ribeiro with a cross.

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest).

Ilias Chair (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers).

Booking

Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Brice Samba (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt saved. Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest).

Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Matthew Cash.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Luke Amos replaces Eberechi Eze.

Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Liam Kelly tries a through ball, but Ilias Chair is caught offside.

Foul by Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest).

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. João Carvalho replaces Tiago Silva.

Booking

Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ilias Chair replaces Marc Pugh.

Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Lewis Grabban tries a through ball, but Alex Mighten is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Alex Mighten replaces Adama Diakhaby.

Foul by Adama Diakhaby (Nottingham Forest).

Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Brice Samba.

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tiago Silva with a cross following a set piece situation.

Yuri Ribeiro (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Watson tries a through ball, but Joe Worrall is caught offside.

Adama Diakhaby (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom341812462362666
2Leeds34188849301962
3Fulham34169948371157
4Brentford341681056292756
5Nottm Forest341511845331256
6Preston341681049381156
7Bristol City34158114849-153
8Blackburn341491150401051
9Swansea34131294442251
10Cardiff34121484847150
11Millwall34121394039149
12Sheff Wed34129134441345
13Derby341112114246-445
14Birmingham34129134552-745
15QPR34127155158-743
16Reading34119144138342
17Hull34118154853-541
18Charlton34109154448-439
19Stoke34114194353-1037
20Middlesbrough34813133444-1037
21Huddersfield3499163955-1636
22Wigan34810163450-1634
23Barnsley34710174158-1731
24Luton3493224069-2930
View full Championship table

Top Stories