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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:

"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:

"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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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 Espinosa
  • 20Henry
  • 26Murphy

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

  • 2A Smith
  • 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Derby County 1.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Jamie Ward (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

    Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Mason Bennett (Derby County).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

  10. Post update

    Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Andre Wisdom.

  12. Post update

    Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Robert Green.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

  17. Post update

    Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).

  19. Post update

    Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley1410312691733
2Leicester14102224131132
3QPR14941167931
4Blackpool147611711627
5Reading146532217523
6Nottm Forest146532116523
7Watford146442518722
8Leeds146261816220
9Blackburn145452016419
10Wigan135441612419
11Derby145452623319
12Brighton144641514118
13Ipswich144552018217
14Huddersfield144551816217
15Bournemouth145272029-917
16Middlesbrough143652322115
17Charlton133551014-414
18Millwall143561728-1114
19Bolton142751320-713
20Doncaster133371223-1112
21Sheff Wed131841720-311
22Birmingham143291421-711
23Barnsley142481631-1510
24Yeovil14239921-129
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