David McGoldrick deflected in for Forest to make it 1-1
By Andrew McKenzie
Nottingham Forest produced a battling 10-man performance to secure a hard-earned point at leaders QPR.
QPR took the lead with virtually their first attack as Tommy Smith cut inside to curl in a 25-yard left-foot shot.
Forest were reduced to 10 men when Radoslaw Majewski was sent off for an ugly two-footed lunge on Adel Taarabt.
The visitors levelled when a Lewis McGugan free-kick took a deflection off David McGoldrick to beat Paddy Kenny and they held out doggedly for a point.
It means Rangers boss Neil Warnock saw his men extend their lead to six points at the top, while the visitors edge above Swansea into fourth place.
The result brought to an end Forest's impressive run of six straight wins as they missed the chance to equal a club record run of league victories.
But the manner in which they held their opponents at bay for over an hour with a man disadvantage will only add to their growing confidence.
Marshalled brilliantly by the immense presence of Wes Morgan alongside Luke Chambers, Forest's resolute back line restricted the free-scoring west Londoners to limited chances in the second half of a lively and competitive game held in blustery conditions at Loftus Road.
Apart from a Bradley Orr header that was cleared off the line by Chris Gunter, the home side's best efforts on goal came via largely speculative efforts from outside the box.
Warnock's men had taken the lead against the run of play when Smith, returning to the side after a hamstring injury, was given too much time and space outside the box and he was able to pick his spot with a beautifully executed strike.
Forest's hopes of getting back into the game looked unlikely when Majewski was sent off.
The Pole caught Taarabt high on the ankle right under the nose of referee Mark Clattenburg, who had no hesitation - and little option - but to show a straight red card.
However, three minutes later Forest got more than a touch of fortune when McGugan's speculative 30-yard free-kick went in off McGoldrick's knee.
The visitors could have even taken the lead when Kenny kept out a powerful header from Morgan with an instinctive outstretch of the leg.
Clattenburg dismissed QPR's desperate appeals for a penalty when Wayne Routledge went tumbling in the box late on, while fourth official Peter Walton also had his hands full keeping Warnock and opposite number Billy Davies in check as the tackles flew in.
QPR boss Neil Warnock on Routledge's penalty appeal: "There's definitely contact. But let's be fair, I wish we had referees like that every week.
"It's always difficult against 10 men but our strikers could have done more. To concede a goal like that is Sunday league stuff and the equaliser summed it up, how lucky can you be?
"If we'd have been tight for that period they would have had to come out rather than park the bus. But these are good points. Today's game won't decide our fate, the 15 we have left will."
Forest manager Billy Davies: "We had to play for 70 minutes with 10 men and when you work hard all week on your shape and that happens, it's a disaster.
"I don't think there can be a complaint, it's a clear airborne challenge. It was naive and stupid.
"But even with 10 men we looked dangerous and we deserve credit after our game plan was blown to bits. My back five were magnificent. It's a great point and a well-deserved one."
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Sunday, 13 February 2011
13 Gorkss yellow card (Chimbonda 73)
04 Derry yellow card
07 Taarabt yellow card
11 Faurlin (Moen 79)
21 Smith (Miller 46)
08 McGugan (Anderson 68)
28 Majewski red card
17 McGoldrick (Tyson 74 yellow card)
20 Tudgay (Lynch 46)
Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 17,227
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:06 The match has reached full-time.
90:00+2:17 Nathan Tyson concedes a free kick for a foul on Bradley Orr. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
90:00+1:30 The ball is crossed by Wayne Routledge, Header by Petter Vaagan Moen from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left
of the target.
87:49 Shot by Nathan Tyson from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
87:14 Nathan Tyson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Kenny. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
87:14 Booking Nathan Tyson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
86:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul McKenna on Pascal Chimbonda. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
84:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Rob Hulse on Chris Cohen. Lee Camp takes the free kick.
82:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Ishmael Miller. Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.
78:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ishmael Miller by Paul Konchesky. Strike comes in from Petter Vaagan Moen from
the free kick.
78:44 Substitution Alejandro Faurlin leaves the field to be replaced by Petter Vaagan Moen.
77:03 Chris Cohen produces a cross, Header from close range by Paul Anderson misses to the right of the goal.
76:07 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line, Bradley Orr takes a shot. Chris Gunter makes a
73:15 Substitution Nathan Tyson comes on in place of David McGoldrick.
72:45 Substitution Kaspars Gorkss leaves the field to be replaced by Pascal Chimbonda.
71:24 Outswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt, Paul Anderson manages to make a clearance.
70:35 Alejandro Faurlin takes a shot. Rob Hulse gets a block in.
67:01 Substitution Lewis McGugan leaves the field to be replaced by Paul Anderson.
63:37 Luke Chambers challenges Rob Hulse unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adel Taarabt produces a strike on goal direct from
the free kick. Short corner worked by Adel Taarabt, Effort on goal by Alejandro Faurlin from just inside the area clears the
62:19 The referee gives a free kick against David McGoldrick for handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adel Taarabt from left
channel. Clint Hill is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Camp.
60:35 Unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Shaun Derry results in a free kick. Lewis McGugan has a direct shot on goal from the free
60:35 Booking Booking for Shaun Derry for unsporting behaviour.
58:57 Corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt, Shot by Alejandro Faurlin. Luke Chambers gets a block in.
56:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by David McGoldrick on Kaspars Gorkss. Free kick taken by Matthew Connolly.
55:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David McGoldrick by Kaspars Gorkss. Free kick taken by Chris Cohen.
55:25 Booking Kaspars Gorkss receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
53:06 Shot from just outside the box by Alejandro Faurlin misses to the right of the target.
52:21 Chris Cohen concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Routledge. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.
48:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Morgan on Rob Hulse. Adel Taarabt crosses the ball in from the free kick, Unfair challenge
on Joel Lynch by Ishmael Miller results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.
47:47 Wes Morgan fouled by Adel Taarabt, the ref awards a free kick. Wes Morgan restarts play with the free kick. Foul by David
McGoldrick on Clint Hill, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
47:47 Booking Adel Taarabt is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
47:22 The ball is sent over by Joel Lynch, Patrick Kenny makes a save.
45:21 Corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:01 Substitution Joel Lynch is brought on as a substitute for Marcus Tudgay.
45:01 Substitution Tommy Smith leaves the field to be replaced by Ishmael Miller.
45:00+2:02 The referee calls an end to the first half.
44:08 Effort on goal by Lewis McGugan from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
43:44 Effort from 18 yards by Paul Konchesky. Save by Patrick Kenny.
42:09 Wayne Routledge takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Chambers.
41:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin by Marcus Tudgay. Free kick taken by Clint Hill.
39:49 Adel Taarabt has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
39:21 Effort from 20 yards by Adel Taarabt. Luke Chambers gets a block in.
37:34 Alejandro Faurlin challenges Chris Cohen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wes Morgan takes the free kick.
34:12 Paul McKenna produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
32:34 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Cohen from the right by-line, Wes Morgan takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny. Lewis
McGugan takes a corner.
32:09 Marcus Tudgay fouled by Tommy Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Wes Morgan.
31:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Tudgay on Clint Hill. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
31:10 The assistant referee signals for offside against Rob Hulse. Lee Camp takes the indirect free kick.
30:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kaspars Gorkss by David McGoldrick. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.
29:29 Clint Hill produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
28:24 Shot by David McGoldrick from just outside the area goes over the net.
26:19 Adel Taarabt fouled by Luke Chambers, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Adel Taarabt, save by Lee Camp.
25:50 Foul by Matthew Connolly on Marcus Tudgay, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Lewis McGugan,
blocked by David McGoldrick. Assist by Lewis McGugan.
25:50 GOAL - David McGoldrick:QPR 1 - 1 Nott'm Forest Goal scored by David McGoldrick from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. QPR 1-1 Nottm Forest.
22:33 Radoslaw Majewski challenges Adel Taarabt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Derry.
22:33 Sent off Radoslaw Majewski sent from the field by the ref for serious foul play.
19:27 Effort from 25 yards by Alejandro Faurlin. Luke Chambers gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the
left by-line played to the near post, Radoslaw Majewski makes a clearance.
18:24 David McGoldrick fouled by Matthew Connolly, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Cohen, Clint
Hill makes a clearance.
17:57 Wayne Routledge challenges Chris Gunter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.
15:45 Alejandro Faurlin provided the assist for the goal.
15:45 GOAL - Tommy Smith:QPR 1 - 0 Nott'm Forest Goal scored by Tommy Smith from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 1-0 Nottm Forest.
14:07 Unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Paul McKenna results in a free kick. The ball is sent over by Adel Taarabt, Tommy Smith
takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.
12:42 Effort on goal by Paul McKenna from 20 yards. Matthew Connolly gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Chris Cohen from
the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Alejandro Faurlin.
10:45 Alejandro Faurlin has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
8:33 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line, clearance made by Marcus Tudgay.
5:06 Radoslaw Majewski has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
4:38 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Cohen from the right by-line played to the near post, Patrick Kenny makes a save.
3:41 Luke Chambers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge. Strike comes in from Adel Taarabt from the
1:10 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul McKenna, Wayne Routledge makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken
from the right by-line by Chris Cohen.
0:13 The referee blows for offside. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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