Championship: QPR 1 Nottingham Forest 1

Ten-man Nottingham Forest denied Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers victory in their 1-1 draw at Loftus Road on Sunday.

It was Forest’s 10th straight game unbeaten in the league, and they did it the hard way having gone behind after just 16 minutes when QPR’s Tommy Smith netted, before Radoslaw Majewski was dismissed by referee Mark Clattenburg seven minutes later.

But the visitors did not dwell on their disastrous start, and three minutes after they were reduced to ten men, William Davies’ side equalised when David McGoldrick inadvertently flicked Lewis McGugan’s strike into goal.

McGugan’s free-kick deflected off McGoldrick’s thigh and rolled into the bottom right corner for a fortunate equaliser.

It was all the visitors required to snare a share of the spoils, as their defence worked to earn a hard-fought point which takes them into fourth place on the table with two games in hand on the leaders.

QPR extended their advantage at the top to six points on second-placed Cardiff City, but the Welsh side have a game in hand on Neil Warnock’s men.