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

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at the City Ground
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."


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Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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


Formation 4-2-3-1

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


  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 8Amos
  • 18Oteh
  • 19Chair
  • 23Masterson
  • 47Clarke
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers).

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Dangerous play by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Matthew Cash.

  17. Substitution

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

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest).

As It Stood

1West Brom341812462362666
5Nottm Forest341511845331256
7Bristol City34158114849-153
12Sheff Wed34129134441345
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