QPR got on the goal trail with five against Not­ting­ham For­est

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GARY BRAZIL ef­fec­tively ruled out Not­ting­ham For­est’s chances of mak­ing the play-offs as an em­phatic QPR ex­tended his side’s win­less streak to 13 games.

Brazil’s sum­mer suc­ces­sor Stu­art Pearce, who was watch­ing from the stands, saw his fu­ture em­ploy­ers go be­hind af­ter just 70 sec­onds when Yossi Be­nay­oun pounced on Tom Car­roll’s saved shot.

Ja­maal Las­celles equalised against the run of play be­fore Ju­nior Hoi­lett put Rangers ahead again at the end of the first half.

Matt Der­byshire brought For­est back once more, but Ne­dum On­uoha, Ravel Mor­ri­son and Bobby Zamora stole the show in the fi­nal five min­utes for QPR’s first win in four matches.

“I think it makes it very hard for us to get in the play­offs now,” said Brazil, who is yet to win as care­taker boss.

“It’s not im­pos­si­ble and we have to be­lieve that we can win the last four games, but it isn't the re­sult to keep our hopes alive prop­erly.

“We had op­por­tu­ni­ties to win the game but to lose the goals at the end is bit­ter for ev­ery­one in the chang­ing room and it’s very dis­ap­point­ing that we didn’t take the chances to win.

“QPR were very open and they gave us op­por­tu­ni­ties. We knew that we would cause them prob­lems from set pieces but I don't think we opened them up enough in open play. “We’ll take a look at the last three goals, but they make it look like we’ve been done over, which wasn’t the case when you look at the game.”

QPR have had their own re­cent strug­gles, but they were soon for­got­ten when Be­nay­oun con­verted his third goal of the sea­son in the sec­ond minute.

Ten min­utes later Henri Lans­bury had For­est’s first chance on goal, draw­ing a good save from Rob Green, who stretched to tip the ball over his bar.

Las­celles’ equaliser came out of the blue, as For­est ex­ploited QPR's frailty at de­fend­ing cor­ners. But Hoi­lett struck straight back, charg­ing at Karl Dar­low’s goal be­fore lift­ing the ball over the keeper.

Sub­sti­tute Ben Os­born's sec­ond-half cor­ner was met by the head of Greg Hal­ford, but Danny Simp­son’s goal-line clear­ance de­nied the right back.

For­est's sec­ond equaliser was a car­bon-copy of their first, a cor­ner from the right headed past a help­less Rob Green, this time by Der­byshire from Os­born’s ball.

But the vis­i­tors’ hopes of a vi­tal point were dashed as new fa­ther On­uoha curled a shot past Dar­low, fol­lowed swiftly by clin­i­cal fin­ishes from Mor­ri­son and Zamora in the 90th minute to bol­ster hopes of a play-off place.

“I was sur­prised by the score­line, I didn’t see it be­ing what it was with ten min­utes to go,” said Rangers’ as­sis­tant man­ager Kevin Bond.

“It came for us right at the end, Bobby did well when he came on at the end, and Ravel did ter­rif­i­cally for the goals.

“It was re­ally nice for Ne­dum on the back of a week where he’s had a new ad­di­tion to the fam­ily, so that'll prob­a­bly ac­count for the cel­e­bra­tion in some way.

“We’re not tak­ing any­thing for granted yet, we need to se­cure a play-off spot and then we need ev­ery­one fresh.”

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