QPR 2-1 Derby County, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


QPR 4-2-3-1



Derby County 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 1 - 1 Loftus Road ( Attendance: 11,669 (906) )
1 min

Queens Park Rangers extended their Championship unbeaten run to four games with a hard-fought 2-1 win at home to Derby County.

The Hoops went ahead twice and withstood moments of heavy pressure, but a second-half goal from substitute Ilias Chair was enough to seal all three points.

Both sides had opportunities to open the scoring in the early exchanges before QPR’s Grant Hall showed a striker’s instinct to turn and smash an effort in off the bar on the 34th minute. 

Derby responded in positive fashion, Martyn Waghorn’s movement enough to fool the defence from a corner, diverting his header to level proceedings two minutes before the interval.

Although the visitors started the second period brighter, it was the Hoops that went closest once again – Marc Pugh’s controlled volley almost sneaking in at the near post. 

QPR were devastating on the counter-attack and Hoops reclaimed the lead in the 75th minute as Ebere Eze surged forward to find Ilias Chair to slot home. 

And in a frantic period of added time, QPR survived goalmouth pressure and a curling strike from Waghorn to hang on to the victory and leapfrog Derby in the table. 

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Eze storming forward at pace to find a lethal finish from Chair, moments after coming on as a substitute gave QPR a vital three points.

Moan of the Match

The Hoops will be kicking themselves for conceding from a set-piece two minutes before half-time, leaving Waghorn unmarked to glance his header across goal.

Talking Point

A joy to behold, is the second goal an example of the format for QPR moving forward?

Man of the Match

Ebere Eze – full of energy, the creator for QPR did a fine job going forward, grabbing an assist while also working tremendously hard to close the Rams down.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Keith Stroud (Hampshire) – Didn’t have a great deal to deal with throughout, his most notable contribution being almost getting injured himself in the final moments.


On a rather chilly evening in West London, the home turnout was pretty shy with empty seats in abundance, but the second goal raised the decibels.


After a fine second- half performance, QPR deserved the win and will be delighted not to have to settle for anything less.

Line Ups

QPR 4-2-3-1

Kelly; Kane, Hall, Barbet, Manning; Cameron, Ball; Osayi-Samuel, Eze, Pugh (Chair, 73); Hugill (Clarke, 62)

Subs not used:

Lumley, Wallace, Amos, Oteh, Masterson


Kane, Barbet, Eze

Derby County 4-2-3-1

Hamer; Wisdom, Davies (Bogle, 71), Clarke, Lowe; Bird, Shinnie (Whittaker, 79); Marriott (Martin, 72), Rooney, Lawrence; Waghorn

Subs not used:

Roos, Forsyth, Knight, Malone



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