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Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Derby County: Grant Hall & Ilias Chair see QPR leapfrog Derby

QPR's Grant Hall
Grant Hall spent three years at Tottenham without making an appearance

Ilias Chair scored seconds after coming off the bench to earn Queens Park Rangers victory over Derby County at Loftus Road.

Both sides are anchored in mid-table but victory saw QPR leapfrog their opponents into the top half although both side's play-off hopes are slim.

Grant Hall gave the hosts a first-half lead with a splendid half-volley, only for Martyn Waghorn to head home the equaliser two minutes before the break.

But, less than two minutes after being sent on by Rangers boss Mark Warburton, Chair was found by Eberechi Eze and he lashed in the winner with his right boot.

Victory continued QPR's improved form having now earned eight points in their past four games, after losing their previous three, to steer them well clear of a relegation battle.

Derby's away form has been the reason they have not mounted a more serious play-off challenge, boasting the second-best home record in the Championship but the third-worst form on the road. This was their their 10th away defeat of the campaign.

They were behind 11 minutes before half-time as a corner found Hall in the centre of the penalty area and his right-foot effort flew in off the underside of the bar.

Derby levelled from their own corner when Waghorn glanced in a header off the left-hand post from Max Bird's outswinging delivery.

But Chair, who had barely touched the ball after being introduced, won the game 15 minutes from time as Eze slid a pass to him in the right half of the area and his thunderous strike was too much for Ben Hamer in the Derby goal.

QPR were made to wait to confirm victory after referee Keith Stroud was struck in the head and needed treatment - and that allowed Derby one final chance as a long ball fell to Waghorn just inside the area but he curled a left-foot effort wide.

Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Warburton told BBC Radio London:

"They're a tough opponent and their front line is up there with anything in the division so we knew they posed an attacking threat.

"We felt we could expose them with our attacking threat at the other end of the pitch and that was the case.

"In the first half I thought we were lethargic, deserved to be in front but huffed and puffed in the final third. We felt if we stepped up the tempo we would take the points."

Derby manager Philip Cocu told BBC Radio Derby:

"In these games you play well and create a lot of opportunities to score but only score one, but the opponent score two from maybe three chances, so they were very effective.

"We have to defend better in these key moments. The first one was an unlucky bounce but the second we have to defend better.

"If we can prevent this goal there is a chance we can win the game but we didn't put our heads down, we kept going as we always do and at the end we could even have won it."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 32Kelly
  • 2KaneBooked at 51mins
  • 4Hall
  • 29BarbetBooked at 80mins
  • 14Manning
  • 5Cameron
  • 12Ball
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 10EzeBooked at 90mins
  • 7PughSubstituted forChairat 73'minutes
  • 9HugillSubstituted forClarkeat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lumley
  • 3Wallace
  • 8Amos
  • 18Oteh
  • 19Chair
  • 23Masterson
  • 47Clarke

Derby

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Hamer
  • 2Wisdom
  • 33DaviesSubstituted forBogleat 71'minutes
  • 16Clarke
  • 25Lowe
  • 41Bird
  • 4ShinnieSubstituted forWhittakerat 79'minutes
  • 9WaghornBooked at 52mins
  • 32Rooney
  • 10Lawrence
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forMartinat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Forsyth
  • 19Martin
  • 21Roos
  • 37Bogle
  • 38Knight
  • 46Malone
  • 49Whittaker
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
11,669

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home15
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away9

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. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  4. Booking

    Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Grant Hall.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Grant Hall.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  11. Post update

    Morgan Whittaker (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Max Bird.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ilias Chair (Queens Park Rangers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Manning with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

  18. Post update

    Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom351912464362869
2Leeds34188849301962
3Nottm Forest351611846331359
4Fulham34169948371157
5Brentford351681157312656
6Preston35168114940956
7Bristol City35158124951-253
8Blackburn341491150401051
9Swansea34131294442251
10Cardiff35121494848050
11Millwall34121394039149
12QPR35137155359-646
13Sheff Wed34129134441345
14Derby351112124348-545
15Birmingham34129134552-745
16Reading34119144138342
17Hull34118154853-541
18Charlton34109154448-439
19Huddersfield35109164156-1539
20Stoke34114194353-1037
21Middlesbrough34813133444-1037
22Wigan34810163450-1634
23Luton35103224270-2833
24Barnsley34710174158-1731
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