Nottingham Forest were the better side for much of the first half at Loftus Road, where QPR’s new signing Gabriele Angella was forced off just after the half-hour mark.
Angella, making his debut along with fellow recent arrival Daniel Tozser, was replaced by Grant Hall after a bandage had failed to stem the bleeding resulting from an earlier arm in the face from Chris O’Grady.
Striker O’Grady was involved in Forest’s best moment of the half when he cleverly exchanged passes right-back Eric Lichaj, whose shot was blocked by keeper Rob Green.
And Rangers survived another scare when Ryan Mendes fired wide after turning away from James Perch.
At the other end, Matty Phillips and Charlie Austin both sent shots well wide of the target.
Midfielder Tozser was given a starting place because Rangers opted not to risk Alejandro Faurlin, who picked up a knock to his knee in training.
Subs: Smithies, Hill, Gladwin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Doughty, Hoilett.