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Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Derby County

Clint Hill

Queens Park Rangers returned to form in the Championship as Derby suffered a league defeat for the first time under new head coach Steve McClaren.

Jermaine Jenas's tap-in gave the hosts an early lead before Simon Dawkins levelled with a volley.

QPR went back in front in the second half when Clint Hill got the final touch to Alejandro Faurlin's free-kick.

Keeper Rob Green's late save denied Jamie Ward an equaliser as Rangers won for the first time in four matches.

The result keeps Harry Redknapp's men in third place, behind Burnley and Leicester, but the gloss was taken off their win when fans' favourite Faurlin was stretchered off with a serious-looking injury following a challenge on John Eustace.

It took only 11 minutes for the Londoners to go in front as Matt Phillips put in a cross from the right, Charlie Austin forced a save from Lee Grant before Jenas converted the rebound.

The visitors equalised soon after when Dawkins rifled home after Ward's free-kick had been headed down by Jake Buxton.

McClaren had been on Redknapp's coaching staff for a spell before taking charge at Pride Park, and his new side continued to look threatening after the break as Ward's shot was parried by Green, but Chris Martin could not force home the rebound from an awkward angle.

The Rams were made to regret that miss when Faurlin swept in a free-kick from the right and Hill got the final touch as he, Jenas and Buxton all challenged for the high ball.

Phillips might have added a third when he cut inside and evaded two challenges before crashing a shot against the bar.

And Derby almost snatched a point as Green had to be at his best to deny Ward from an injury-time free-kick as the hosts managed to hold on ahead of next weekend's trip to fifth-placed Reading.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

Harry Redknapp

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Post-match: QPR boss Redknapp

"It was a good game, it's just a shame about Alejandro Faurlin. He's done his knee and it doesn't look very good.

"I don't know how he did it to be honest, but it's such a shame for the lad. He gives us a good balance in midfield. We have picked up a few injuries though and might try to get a loan or two in if we can."

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

Steve McClaren

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Post-match: Derby coach McClaren

"My team can be proud of their performance. I know from working here with QPR's players that they're the best team in the league and will have no problems going up with the squad they've got.

"We stopped them playing and did everything well without the ball in the first half, but we could have been better with the ball. This is all about the long term. It didn't work out for us today but most of the time it will."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 2Simpson
  • 39Assou-Ekotto
  • 32FaurlinBooked at 66minsSubstituted forHenryat 77'minutes
  • 5Dunne
  • 6Hill
  • 23HoilettBooked at 68minsSubstituted forTraoreat 80'minutes
  • 17Barton
  • 9Austin
  • 16Jenas
  • 7Phillips

Substitutes

  • 3Traore
  • 8Johnson
  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 14Onyewu
  • 18Chevantón
  • 20Henry
  • 26Murphy

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 33WisdomBooked at 42minsSubstituted forBennettat 90+3'minutes
  • 3ForsythBooked at 62mins
  • 14EustaceBooked at 45mins
  • 6Keogh
  • 25Buxton
  • 4Bryson
  • 19Hughes
  • 9MartinBooked at 27mins
  • 32DawkinsSubstituted forSammonat 72'minutes
  • 10Ward

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 12Jacobs
  • 17Freeman
  • 18Sammon
  • 20Bennett
  • 22Ball
  • 24Morch
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
18,171

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Derby County 1.
Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).
Jamie Ward (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joey Barton.
Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mason Bennett (Derby County).
Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).
Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Andre Wisdom.
Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Robert Green.
Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).
Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).
Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1410311733
2Leicester1410221132
3QPR14941931
4Blackpool14761627
5Reading14653523
6Nottm Forest14653523
7Watford14644722
8Leeds14626220
9Blackburn14545419
10Wigan13544419
11Derby14545319
12Brighton14464118
13Ipswich14455217
14Huddersfield14455217
15Bournemouth14527-917
16Middlesbrough14365115
17Charlton13355-414
18Millwall14356-1114
19Bolton14275-713
20Doncaster13337-1112
21Sheff Wed13184-311
22Birmingham14329-711
23Barnsley14248-1510
24Yeovil14239-129
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