Alex Smithies has been hailed by Queens Park Rangers team-mate Matt Smith for a stunning performance on Saturday against Nottingham Forest.

Just 48 hours before, Smithies scooped three accolades for the club's end of season awards, including the fans' player of the year.

And he certainly showed why against Forest, making a string of stunning saves to make sure Rangers ended their run of six-straight defeats.

Smith admitted he didn't quite realise how good Smithies really is before he came to Loftus Road earlier this year.

"He's definitely been a real eye-opener in terms of player coming to the club," Smith told Get West London.

"Obviously I knew he was a very good goalkeeper, but probably didn't realise how good a goalkeeper he is.

"For me, he's the division's best. I think he's demonstrated that and kept us in a lot of games.

"I even think back to the earlier ones when I first joined the club, he's been absolutely terrific and very worthy of the three accolades he picked up."

Some Rangers fans have suggested the side may have been in a worse off position in the Championship had they not Smithies in goal.

"Perhaps, yes," Smith admitted.

"At the end of the day we're QPR, so we're going to have really good players and we're very lucky to have Alex Smithies.

"In the same way we're lucky to have a lot of good players here - Alex has kept us in a lot of games but everyone has played their part."

QPR ace identifies where team is strong and shares delight at beating Nottingham Forest to stop rot