QPR boss Mark Warburton believes the character displayed by his team in their goalless draw away at promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest will help build belief for future matches.

In a game of few chances, Warburton’s side were resolute and stubborn in defence, restricting the hosts to just two shots on target at a blustery City Ground.

The point enabled Rangers to move nine points clear of the relegation zone as they seek a top-half finish in the Championship.

“The players showed real character against a really good Forest team and in difficult conditions,” said Warburton.

“We had to stand up and defend our goal. That needed commitment against a very good team and hats off to our players - they’ve delivered a performance and come away with a point.

“We came out in the second half and also showed what a really good team we are.”

Warburton also praised the efforts from the entire squad despite selecting the same side which beat Stoke City 4-2 last time out.

“We were unchanged again today but it is all about the squad,” added Warburton, who was facing a side he previously managed.

“People like Lee Wallace didn't even make the 18 and there is real competition for places.

“I don't care who I pick and I say that in the most respectful way possible - whoever I decide to play is good enough to step in and do a job.

“It was a magnificent turnout from our fans today, so I’m delighted for them that they can go back down the M1 with a point for their efforts.

"Obviously it means a bit more. When you have managed a great club like Forest you want your team to come here and do well, it is as simple as that.”

Up next, the Rs welcome fellow mid-table club Derby County to Loftus Road - who are without a win in three league matches.

However, Warburton expects a tough challenge against Phillip Cocu’s team in midweek, a club they have failed to beat in their previous seven meetings.

“[The result] helps to grow belief ahead of another tough test on Tuesday evening against Derby,” said Warburton.

“The squad will again be ready. It’s a tough challenge against a team who will have had 24 hours more rest.

“This stage of the season is really demanding of players and you have to protect them, but we’ll be ready for the challenge.

“You have to stand up and produce your best, because if you don't you will get hurt, regardless of the opposition."