QPR travelled to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening, and came away with a hard-fought 0-0 draw.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is still looking for his second win as Rs head coach, but he has stopped the slide the club were on, and the result keeps the West London club on a four-game unbeaten run.
It was an impressive result for QPR given Forest’s recent form, and goalkeeper Alex Smithies had to be at top form to ensure he kept a clean sheet.
Dougie Freedman’s men dominated the attacking play, managing more shots on target than QPR, but Smithies kept his second clean sheet in the last three games.
Hasselbaink has shored up the defence, and with Smithies in goal, QPR are becoming a very hard team to defeat right now - even in they are struggling to score goals at the other end of the field.
Having started the season behind Rob Green in the pecking order, 25-year-old Smithies has established himself as first-choice keeper in recent weeks, and his form deserves the starting role.
Following the game, QPR fans took to Twitter to react to their team’s performance, with many lavishing praise on the role Smithies played in the 0-0 draw.
Great another clean sheet Smithies looking better each game great signing and nice to see Ale start unlucky not to score we need his vision— Derek WARD (@dward1944) January 27, 2016
Alex Smithies is on flames atm. Feel confident with him in goal atm too. I genuinely feel he could save anything atm https://t.co/h6R6Mbibo7— QPR Ash (@QPR_Ash) January 26, 2016
Smithies and Hall. Both the first names on the #QPR team sheet.— Ak$h4Y (@TheAkshayVara) January 26, 2016
Smithies is a class Keeper!!— Esmay Mcdowell (@EsmayMcdowell) January 26, 2016
Another draw but I guess its a good point all things considered - Sounds like Smithies man of the match with some top saves.— Jase A (@Loftus103) January 26, 2016
SUPER ALEX SMITHIES !!!!!!!!— QPR Ash (@QPR_Ash) January 26, 2016
Sounds like the MOTM at the weekend has given Smithies a new confidence, great stuff #QPR— Harry Taylor (@HarryTaylor8) January 26, 2016
Smithies— Shaunna Gleeson (@ShaunnaGleeson) January 26, 2016