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Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Conor Washington tucks the ball in to give QPR the lead
Conor Washington scored his eighth QPR goal of the season

Conor Washington and Joel Lynch goals secured QPR's Championship survival and set up a nervy final day for Nottingham Forest, who dropped a place to 21st.

After an open but goalless opening 45 minutes, Rangers led when Washington took a Massimo Luongo pass to fire past Jordan Smith and break the deadlock.

Ex-Forest defender Lynch headed in Rangers' second to stun his old club.

Forest must now at least match 22nd-placed Blackburn's final-day result to avoid being relegated to League One.

Blackburn are at Brentford on Sunday, 7 May while Forest will host Ipswich, with both relegation-threatened sides level on points but separated by a goal difference of just one in favour of the Reds.

Wins for both Rovers and Forest would save both sides from the drop if 20th-placed Birmingham fail to win at Bristol City.

At Loftus Road, there seemed little tension between the teams in the first-half of an entertaining tussle, as they exchanged decent chances apiece from Pawel Wszolek for the hosts and Mustapha Carayol for Forest.

Birmingham's opener at home to Huddersfield did not seem to have any impact on the tempo of the game, but Washington's opener after half-time certainly did.

News had barely filtered through that Blackburn were beating Aston Villa when Rangers scored their second, with Lynch towering to meet a corner.

Forest woke up and set about clawing back the deficit, peppering the goal with chances from Ben Osborn, Jamie Ward and Matty Cash who were all denied by Rangers' player of the year Smithies.

Six minutes of added time meant for a frantic finale, but Rangers clung on to spread relief around Shepherd's Bush.

It was only QPR's second win against Forest in 11 games, and their first since April 2014.

QPR manager Ian Holloway:

"It (the threat of relegation) has been on everybody's mind, including the supporters. It's a relief for everybody, but the job starts now.

"I'm delighted with the lads. They needed the fans and the fans were absolutely brilliant - they must have felt nervous but it didn't transmit to my team.

"I know I haven't won enough games. But no-one wants it more than me and I want this club to move forward."

Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton:

"We had to expect other teams to win. We know what we have to do. We're at home and our focus is now on preparing well and getting a good performance.

"It's up to us. We're at home. We can't control what happens away from us, and we have enough quality.

"We have been in it (danger) for a number of weeks now and every time they've played the players have had the talk of the threat of relegation and I've been saying they're handling the pressure very well.

"But we've got to take our chances. We looked more desperate and hungry to score after we conceded and we had chances and didn't take them."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Smithies
  • 24Perch
  • 5OnuohaBooked at 4mins
  • 6Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 21Luongo
  • 41ManningBooked at 58mins
  • 2FreemanSubstituted forDoughtyat 82'minutes
  • 15Wszolek
  • 17SmithSubstituted forN'Gbakotoat 82'minutes
  • 9WashingtonSubstituted forMackieat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Mackie
  • 13Ingram
  • 16Doughty
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 28Lua Lua
  • 29Furlong
  • 40Sylla

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 43Smith
  • 2Lichaj
  • 42Worrall
  • 4Mancienne
  • 3PinillosSubstituted forMillsat 62'minutes
  • 24VaughanBooked at 76mins
  • 45BreretonSubstituted forWardat 61'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 8Cohen
  • 11OsbornBooked at 72mins
  • 18CarayolSubstituted forCashat 62'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 5Mills
  • 15Tshibola
  • 19Ward
  • 26Evtimov
  • 28Lam
  • 39Vellios
  • 41Cash
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
16,474

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Jamie Mackie tries a through ball, but Yeni N'Gbakoto is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Massimo Luongo with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Vaughan.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Pawel Wszolek.

  11. Post update

    Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jordan Smith.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Michael Doughty replaces Luke Freeman.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Yeni N'Gbakoto replaces Matt Smith.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

  20. Booking

    Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton45288973393492
2Newcastle452871082404291
3Reading45257136462282
4Sheff Wed452491259431681
5Huddersfield45256145655181
6Fulham4521141083562777
7Leeds452281560461474
8Norwich4519101681691267
9Derby451812155349466
10Brentford4518101774621264
11Preston451614156462262
12Aston Villa451613164647-161
13Cardiff451611185761-459
14Barnsley451513176464058
15Wolves451510205358-555
16Ipswich451316164855-755
17Bristol City45159216065-554
18QPR45158225262-1053
19Burton451313194759-1252
20Birmingham451214194464-2050
21Nottm Forest45139235972-1348
22Blackburn451115195064-1448
23Wigan451011243956-1741
24Rotherham4557333997-5822
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