Nottingham Forest climbed into the Championship's top five after goals by Greg Halford and Andy Reid earned them victory over QPR.

Halford opened the scoring with a close-range header after a fine cross by Algeria midfielder Djamel Abdoun.

Reid doubled the lead in controversial circumstances after referee Keith Stroud over-ruled an offside flag from one of his assistants.

QPR went close through Tom Carroll and Jermaine Jenas, but were second best.

Back-to-back defeats for QPR

This is the first time that QPR have lost back-to-back games in the league this season.

Harry Redknapp's side have now won just four of the last 12 league games.

In addition, QPR have failed to score in three of the last four league games - a concern for Redknapp as they reach the mid-way point of the season.

The Hoops are still well placed to clinch an automatic promotion spot, sitting three points and two places behind leaders Leicester City but they struggled to seriously test Forest's defence until Carroll's second-half effort.

Halford and Henri Lansbury had already gone close for the hosts when the former headed his side into the lead.

Former QPR player Jamie Mackie was involved in the build-up, winning possession before Abdoun's excellent cross teed up Halford to score.

Carroll, on loan from Tottenham, produced a fingertip save from Karl Darlow, before Forest's Jack Hobbs was denied by Clint Hill's clearance off the line.

Jenas went close to equalising with a deflected shot but Forest sealed the points in controversial circumstances.

Halford appeared to be in an offside position when Reid found the net.

But the referee adjudged that Halford had not touched the ball in the build-up and that the goal should stand, much to the fury of the QPR players.

Yet the visitors could have few complaints about the result after a disappointing display.

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies:

On the controversial second goal: "Did it hit the player's leg? I'd like to see it again before I make a comment."

On the result: "The game should have been buried at the interval, my team thoroughly deserved the win.

"We have never once talked about promotion, we've talked about a progressing club.

"We'll stay in the mix and see what we'll do in the transfer window."

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

On the controversial second goal: "I saw the linesman put his flag up and then I turned to Joe [Jordan].

"Next thing they're celebrating. But one of the first things you learn as a player is that you play to the whistle. We just stopped.

"No excuses, we have to do better. I just thought they were busier and there was no end product from us."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow Booked
  • 18 Jara
  • 02 Lichaj
  • 10 Lansbury
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 12 Mackie (Derbyshire - 86' )
  • 24 Vaughan (Chalobah - 67' )
  • 15 Halford
  • 11 Reid
  • 39 Abdoun (Paterson - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Harding
  • 07 Chalobah
  • 21 Paterson
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 28 Majewski
  • 29 de Vries
  • 38 Osborn

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto Booked
  • 10 Carroll
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Hill
  • 07 Phillips (Benayoun - 76' )
  • 20 Henry (Hoilett - 45' )
  • 25 Zamora (Johnson - 45' )
  • 16 Jenas
  • 19 Kranjcar

Substitutes

  • 03 Traore
  • 08 Johnson
  • 11 Wright-Phillips
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 26 Murphy
  • 35 Benayoun
Ref: Keith Stroud
Att: 22,721

Match Stats

Shots

17 13

On target

7 2

Corners

4 9

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

90:00 +5:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

90:00 +2:33

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

90:00 +2:28

Attempt saved. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:24

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:24

Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest).

90:00 +0:43

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

90:00 +0:17

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Andy Reid.

89:30

Foul by Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers).

89:30

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:19

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jamie Paterson.

86:39

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

86:38

Attempt blocked. Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Jenas.

85:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Jamie Mackie.

85:10

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

85:10

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest).

84:20 Booking

Booking Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

83:45

Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yossi Benayoun.

81:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson replaces Djamel Abdoun.

79:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Queens Park Rangers 0. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun.

78:38

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Nathaniel Chalobah.

76:58

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:58

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest).

76:29

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Johnson.

75:28

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Yossi Benayoun tries a through ball, but Andrew Johnson is caught offside.

75:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Yossi Benayoun replaces Matthew Phillips.

73:43

Attempt saved. Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Carroll with a cross.

73:32

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.

73:19

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

73:02

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Gonzalo Jara.

70:14

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:14

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

69:43

Attempt blocked. Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamaal Lascelles.

69:07

Foul by Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers).

69:07

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:40

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.

66:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces David Vaughan.

64:19

Hand ball by Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest).

64:08

Attempt saved. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Mackie with a cross.

62:55

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

62:48

Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:48

Dangerous play by Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest).

61:49

Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:49

Foul by Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest).

61:23

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andy Reid.

59:40

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Johnson.

58:16

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

58:16

Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:48

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

57:44

Attempt saved. Thomas Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

54:57

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Clint Hill.

54:56

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun.

53:08

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

51:07

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:07

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

49:02

Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

48:15 Booking

Booking Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

48:07

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

48:07

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Andrew Johnson replaces Bobby Zamora.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Junior Hoilett replaces Karl Henry.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

43:25

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

43:25

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:44

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

41:47

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Eric Lichaj is caught offside.

41:25

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

41:25

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:56

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

39:56

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:03

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj tries a through ball, but Greg Halford is caught offside.

37:06

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

34:53

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:53

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

34:39

Hand ball by Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest).

33:44

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Carroll.

32:12

Hand ball by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

31:37

Attempt saved. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

31:19

Foul by Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).

31:19

Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:45

Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:45

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

28:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Queens Park Rangers 0. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross.

27:10

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

27:07

Attempt blocked. Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Greg Halford.

26:30

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Niko Kranjcar.

25:18

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

22:59

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

21:08

Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

21:08

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:43

Attempt missed. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

20:41

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

19:15

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun following a fast break.

17:59

Attempt saved. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:59

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:59

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

15:43

Attempt missed. David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Hobbs.

10:56

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

10:56

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:57

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun.

0:30

Thomas Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:30

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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