QPR v Forest player ratings

QPR ensured their Championship survival by beating fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest at Loftus Road. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in the 2-0 win.

Alex Smithies: 7

Perhaps fortunate to survive a couple of scares, but his saves to deny David Vaughan and then Matty Cash, in injury time, were brilliant.

James Perch: 6

Struggled against the dangerous Mustapha Carayol during the first half and found himself outpaced on more than one occasion, but looked much better going forward.

Nedum Onuoha: 8

The skipper marshalled Rangers’ back line extremely well, leading by example with a series of vital tackles to nullify Forest danger man Britt Assombalonga.

Joel Lynch: 7

Like his fellow centre-half, Lynch rose to the challenge defensively and his header to make it 2-0 on the hour mark effectively secured Rangers’ Championship status.

Jake Bidwell: 6

Bidwell was solid, yet unremarkable – as he has been for much of his debut season at Loftus Road – and contributed with some decent crosses.

Pawel Wsolek: 5

Danced past two opponents to force an early save from keeper Jordon Smith but then failed to make any further impact.

Luke Freeman: 6

As always, an important cog in the machine, linking play and trying to manufacture shooting positions – but this time without a great deal of success.

Massimo Luongo: 6

Luongo’s attacking opportunities were limited, but he worked hard throughout and got stuck in when required as Rangers protected their advantage.

Ryan Manning: 7

After a slow start, Manning became more involved during the second half and supplied the assist for Lynch’s goal with his quick-thinking cross.

Matt Smith: 6

The big centre-forward was denied by a superb stop from his namesake early on, but should have done better with another header that he put wide from close range.

Conor Washington: 8

Alert from the first whistle, Washington was quick to pounce on Forest’s defensive mistakes and kept his cool to race through and put his side ahead soon after the interval.

Jamie Mackie: 6

Having replaced Washington for the final 25 minutes, Mackie put in his customary hardworking performance without getting a sniff of goal.