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Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Derby County

Massimo Luongo rises to head in QPR's equaliser against Derby
Massimo Luongo's goal was his first at Loftus Road since September

Massimo Luongo's late equaliser earned QPR a point against Derby and extended the Rams' winless run to six games.

QPR had the stronger early chances, with Matt Smith volleying a shot against the crossbar.

But the hosts fell behind when Andreas Weimann fired in after a clever run and through ball from Kasey Palmer.

Alex Smithies brilliantly kept out Rams defender Curtis Davies' header before Luongo powerfully headed Luke Freeman's free-kick into Scott Carson's goal.

Joel Lynch could have won all three points for the hosts in the final minute of added time, but he was unable to hit the target after being played through on goal.

Derby are now just four points ahead of seventh-placed Bristol City, and their night was worsened by a pair of injuries to key players.

Wales midfielder Joe Ledley was forced off inside the opening 15 minutes after going down under a challenge, while forward David Nugent was taken off with a back injury in the second half.

Despite Lynch's late miss, Ian Holloway's QPR look increasingly likely to be playing Championship football again next season as Luongo's header took them 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

QPR manager Ian Holloway:

"We've got the last quarter of the season left and I've got some wonderfully talented young lads. They've got to learn the game.

"Some of these young lads have already shown they've got bundles of ability. It's now about getting them to believe in it and win us some games and get some more points.

"All can I ask of them is to keep going and they've done that."

Derby boss Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"We're making silly mistakes at the wrong time. I think our overall performance has to be better than that tonight, but we've played badly before and we've won the game.

"If you see the game out and you defend for the full 90 minutes, you win the game, you keep the clean sheet, we all go home happy and we're not really bothered how we played.

"The reality is because we've conceded a poor goal the fact that we haven't played very well becomes more important."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 2FurlongSubstituted forWszolekat 74'minutes
  • 5Onuoha
  • 18Robinson
  • 3Bidwell
  • 21Luongo
  • 11ScowenBooked at 90mins
  • 7Freeman
  • 37Smyth
  • 17SmithSubstituted forLynchat 86'minutes
  • 9WashingtonSubstituted forEzeat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Lynch
  • 8Cousins
  • 13Ingram
  • 14Manning
  • 22Wszolek
  • 24Perch
  • 30Eze

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 14Wisdom
  • 6Keogh
  • 33Davies
  • 3ForsythBooked at 16mins
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 36LedleySubstituted forJohnsonat 15'minutes
  • 19WeimannBooked at 82mins
  • 7PalmerSubstituted forVydraat 83'minutes
  • 10LawrenceBooked at 87mins
  • 28NugentSubstituted forJeromeat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Anya
  • 15Johnson
  • 16Pearce
  • 21Roos
  • 23Vydra
  • 26Hanson
  • 32Jerome
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
11,488

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home21
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Richard Keogh following a set piece situation.

Booking

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

Andre Wisdom (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but Joel Lynch is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Derby County 1. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Joel Lynch replaces Matt Smith.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Matej Vydra replaces Kasey Palmer.

Booking

Andreas Weimann (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

Attempt missed. Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Scowen with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Pawel Wszolek replaces Darnell Furlong.

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Cameron Jerome replaces David Nugent because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Darnell Furlong.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

Kasey Palmer (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers).

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves34227559283173
2Cardiff35217752282470
3Aston Villa35199756322466
4Fulham361811762382465
5Derby361613755342161
6Middlesbrough361771250341658
7Bristol City361512953421157
8Preston361415745351057
9Sheff Utd35174144943655
10Brentford3514111052411153
11Millwall361313104337652
12Ipswich35156144744351
13Leeds35147144746149
14Norwich351212113437-348
15Nottm Forest36135184354-1144
16QPR351010153952-1340
17Sheff Wed36813153850-1237
18Reading35811164049-935
19Bolton36811173155-2435
20Hull35712164653-733
21Barnsley35711173550-1532
22Birmingham3686222354-3130
23Burton3578202662-3629
24Sunderland36513183865-2728
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