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Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Karim Ansarifard
Ansarifard scored his third goal of the season

Nahki Wells' late penalty was saved by Costel Pantilimon as Nottingham Forest held on for victory at Queens Park Rangers.

Forest took what proved to be a decisive lead in the 55th minute when Joao Carvalho's through ball found Karim Ansarifard, who slotted past Joe Lumley.

The impressive Pantilimon twice denied Tomer Hemed and Massimo Luongo's spectacular volley flew just wide as QPR looked to respond.

But it was Wells who missed the hosts' best chance to salvage a point as the Bermudian striker saw his low penalty well saved by Pantilimon after Jack Robinson handled in the area.

Midfielder Joe Lolley could have added a second for Forest in stoppage time, but blazed over the bar.

Their victory was their first away from home in 15 games, and left them on course to secure a top-10 finish.

There were few chances in a quiet first half, with Lumley tipping Ansarifard's effort onto the woodwork and Pantilimon saving from Ebere Eze's long-range attempt.

And Wells' miss from the spot ensured QPR's dismal 2019, which has seen them win only twice, continued, leaving them 19th in the table.

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill said:

"QPR threw everything at us but I think the most clear-cut chances fell to us. The goal that we worked was terrific.

"I'm delighted to win the game, to win away from home for the first time for a long, long time, and it's back-to-back wins for us too - so all of those monkeys off our back.

"It was a great goal to win the game and we had to withstand a lot of pressure. They exerted a great deal of pressure on us but we withstood it and Pantilimon then makes a big save for us."

QPR caretaker-manager John Eustace said:

"That game summed our season up. We haven't been clinical enough. It's something we need to get right in the summer.

"It's important that we recruit winners - players who aren't used to losing. I think over the last two or three seasons the standards haven't been good enough and the recruitment is going to be massive this summer.

"We need to recruit hungry players who it means everything to them to win games. There were a lot of young players out there fighting for the club and the experience will only stand them in good stead for next year."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 2Furlong
  • 37Leistner
  • 5Cameron
  • 14ManningBooked at 90mins
  • 10EzeSubstituted forWellsat 75'minutes
  • 21Luongo
  • 11Scowen
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 16HemedSubstituted forSmithat 75'minutes
  • 34WalkerSubstituted forShodipoat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 7Freeman
  • 17Smith
  • 23Wszolek
  • 27Shodipo
  • 32Wells
  • 48Carlyle

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 13Wagué
  • 17Milosevic
  • 18RobinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 25Byram
  • 22YatesBooked at 38mins
  • 14CashSubstituted forYacobat 82'minutes
  • 11Osborn
  • 23Lolley
  • 10CarvalhoSubstituted forGuédiouraat 82'minutes
  • 37AnsarifardSubstituted forGrabbanat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Guédioura
  • 7Grabban
  • 8Watson
  • 9Murphy
  • 15Steele
  • 24Yacob
  • 43Appiah
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
15,212

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Lewis Grabban following a fast break.

  5. Booking

    Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Scowen with a cross following a set piece situation.

  9. Booking

    Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers).

  13. Post update

    Sam Byram (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

  15. Post update

    Penalty saved! Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  16. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Sam Byram.

  18. Post update

    Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Olamide Shodipo with a cross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich452613691563591
2Sheff Utd452610976393788
3Leeds442571270462482
4West Brom4523111186592780
5Aston Villa442015980582275
6Derby4419131265521370
7Middlesbrough451913134740770
8Bristol City441812145651566
9Sheff Wed451616135960-164
10Nottm Forest451615146054663
11Swansea44189176259363
12Preston451613166764361
13Hull451710186567-261
14Blackburn451611186267-559
15Brentford4415131669591058
16Stoke451121134350-754
17Birmingham451418136458651
18Wigan451213205064-1449
19QPR45139235170-1948
20Reading451016194966-1746
21Millwall441014204761-1444
22Rotherham45816215181-3040
23Bolton4488282976-4732
24Ipswich45416253375-4228
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