Derby County 1-2 QPR: Andre Grey scores gorgeous winner as in-form R’s beat Rams

Andre Grey (left) gave Derby keeper Kelle Roos no probability along with his superb volley on the flip

A shocking Ninetieth-minute end from substitute Andre Grey propelled Queens Park Rangers as much as third within the Championship with victory over a spirited Derby County.

Along with his again to objective, Grey turned and smashed residence the winner with Rams goalkeeper Kelle Roos rooted to the spot.

On an evening of sensible objectives, Tom Lawrence lashed Derby in entrance on 10 minutes earlier than Chris Willock’s volley introduced the R’s stage 5 minutes into the second half.

Ilias Chair and Yoann Barbet wasted glorious probabilities to place QPR in entrance earlier than Grey’s great volley, after Chair’s header had rebounded to him off the publish.

The victory – R’s boss Mark Warburton’s fiftieth in cost – lifts them as much as third, seven factors behind second-placed Bournemouth.

Wayne Rooney’s Rams keep backside – after the top of their mini-revival of three matches unbeaten – with one level, 19 from security following their mixed 21-point deduction for breaches of English Soccer League accounting guidelines and going into administration.

Watched on once more at a cold Pleasure Park by potential new proprietor Chris Kirchner, the Rams began brightly and got here near testing R’s goalkeeper Seny Dieng contained in the opening 30 seconds when Graeme Shinnie’s cross-shot agonisingly evaded the outstretched boot of Lawrence.

It wasn’t lengthy although earlier than top-scorer Lawrence, whose two objectives helped seal Derby’s thrilling comeback win in opposition to Bournemouth of their final residence recreation, once more confirmed his prowess in entrance of objective with a superb end to provide the Rams the lead on 10 minutes.

Despatched away from QPR’s excessive defensive position by Shinnie’s attractive move from contained in the centre circle, Lawrence motored away from Rob Dickie and Jimmy Dunne to rifle the ball into the highest right-hand nook of the web from simply contained in the field for his fifth objective of the season and fiftieth of his profession.

The R’s rise into the play-off image has been fuelled by a wonderful run in November, successful 10 factors from a potential 12 coming into the match, however regardless of a lot of possession, particularly down the flanks, they struggled to create any clear-cut probabilities within the first half an hour.

However with eight minutes remaining within the first half they need to’ve levelled when Charlie Austin rose unchallenged to satisfy Chair’s pinpoint free-kick from the correct however planted his header excessive over the bar.

The house facet’s hopes of sustaining their first-half momentum after the break have been dashed on 50 minutes by a ruthless QPR counter-attack from an affordable Derby turnover, as Chair launched Austin down left and his good cross was fantastically side-footed into the highest nook on the volley by a back-peddling Willock.

Scoring for the thirty first recreation in a row buoyed the guests they usually got here ahead with way more menace. Chair ought to have put the R’s in entrance contained in the final 20 minutes however put his diving header from Willock’s cross over from 12 yards.

Barbet was then denied on the close to publish by Roos because the ball fell to the French defender on the nook of the six-yard field following a Willock nook.

QPR’s confidence at all times recommended they might get one other probability and Grey, on as a 76th-minute substitute after a three-week absence via harm, delivered a end of the very best high quality.

As Chair’s header cannoned again off the publish and looped over his shoulder Grey, along with his again to objective 10 yards out, managed the ball on his proper thigh, flicked it up along with his proper boot and, in a single flip, lashed the ball excessive into the highest nook previous a helpless Roos.

QPR supervisor Mark Warburton instructed BBC London 94.9:

“We let ourselves down within the first half with a smooth objective and what we needed to do was step it up within the second half, and we did that.

“The finishes confirmed high quality. The equaliser was high quality objective and Andre’s response and the standard was excellent.

“We had absolute respect for Derby who had a giant end result in opposition to Bournemouth and stored a clear sheet in opposition to Fulham. We needed to meet a stern problem tonight and I believe we did that. All credit score to them.”

Derby supervisor Wayne Rooney instructed BBC Radio Derby:

“We began very properly even earlier than we scored, on the entrance foot.

“We scored the objective and we dropped again too shortly, did not get the press proper like we labored on.

“I stated to the lads at half-time the warning indicators are there, we needed to get up, we needed to be higher. We have been giving the ball away too simply.

“It is a robust one to take however I believe we obtained what we deserved.”

Line-ups

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21Roos
  • 2Byrne
  • 6Jagielka
  • 33Davies
  • 3Forsyth
  • 42Thompson
  • 8Fowl
  • 4ShinnieSubstituted forEboseleat 79′minutes
  • 38KnightSubstituted forKazim-Richardsat 79′minutes
  • 11MorrisonSubstituted forJózwiakat 69′minutes
  • 10Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 7Józwiak
  • 13Kazim-Richards
  • 16Stearman
  • 17Sibley
  • 31Allsop
  • 35Watson
  • 36Ebosele

QPR

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Dieng
  • 4Dickie
  • 20Dunne
  • 6Barbet
  • 37Adomah
  • 7Johansen
  • 17Dozzell
  • 3WallaceSubstituted forOdubajoat 53′minutes
  • 10Chair
  • 11AustinSubstituted forGreyat 76′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21WillockSubstituted forDisciplineat 90+3′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Amos
  • 12Ball
  • 13Archer
  • 14Thomas
  • 15Discipline
  • 19Grey
  • 22Odubajo

Referee:
Jeremy Simpson

Attendance:
20,003

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