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Derby County 1-1 Queens Park Rangers: New coach Wayne Rooney watches on as Rams held

Wayne Rooney makes his first appearance as a Derby coach at Pride Park
Wayne Rooney signed for Derby as a player-coach in September but is not eligible to play until January

Wayne Rooney watched on from the Derby County bench as the Rams were held by Queens Park Rangers in an uninspiring draw at Pride Park.

Rooney will be available to play for the mid-table East Midlands club in January, but England's all-time top scorer began his Derby career by taking his place in the dugout as coach.

While the Rams are still a month away from being able to field the 34-year-old player-coach, it was Martyn Waghorn's fine free-kick - one that would have made the former England captain proud - which put the hosts ahead.

Waghorn then allowed Rangers to level from the spot in first-half injury time, bringing Bright Osayi-Samuel down in the box before Ebere Eze put the penalty away.

Derby went closest to winning it, Jayden Bogle wastefully scooping a chance over the bar before Waghorn glanced a header wide, as they failed to secure a sixth straight home victory.

Rangers picked up just their third point from a possible 21 in a seven-game winless run that leaves them 16th in the table, equal on points with Derby who remain 14th.

Rooney had his name chanted by Rams fans when he was introduced to supporters on the Pride Park pitch before kick-off, with the former Manchester United and Everton forward showing his appreciation with claps of acknowledgment.

The fanfare for the England legend did little to help a side that was hit by another injury blow in the pre-game warm up, as midfielder Krystian Bielik was ruled out and replaced by George Evans.

Bielik's injury came at the end of a week in which both midfielder Graeme Shinnie and forward Mason Bennett were both ruled out for a "few months".

Despite the setback, the Rams made a bright start with Bogle forcing goalkeeper Joe Lumley into an early save before Craig Forsyth headed just wide from the resulting corner.

Ryan Manning and Marc Pugh both sent headers over the bar for the visitors, who looked looked the more menacing before Waghorn curled a left-footed free-kick over the wall and into the top corner to ensure QPR remain without a clean sheet this season.

Waghorn then tested Lumley with a close-range header but QPR remained more convincing going forward as Manning and Jordan Hugill worked Ben Hamer.

The Rams goalkeeper was making his first league start of the season after Cocu dropped Kelle Roos following his poor showing in Tuesday's 3-0 defeat by Fulham.

Derby, disjointed for long periods of the first half, eventually conceded when Eze coolly equalised from the spot.

Both sides had chances to snatch maximum points after the break, Jack Marriott firing over as Bogle and Waghorn also failed to convert for Derby while Hugill twice threatened for QPR.

'Rooney the Ram' lifts QPR

QPR boss Mark Warburton said Rooney's presence for the game helped lift his side.

"We used that," he said. "Some of the press comments said we were almost cannon fodder today.

"The players are professional athletes and they get angered by certain comments.

"I read one statement that basically said Derby couldn't have a better game today so that was great for us. We know we are a good team, we respect Derby but we have to use that negativity and channel it appropriately."

Cocu said such a reaction to Rooney's appearance was to be expected of a Rangers side that had been beaten 4-0 at home by Nottingham Forest just four days earlier.

"From the moment he [Rooney] is on the pitch, a manager can use it for his team," Cocu said.

"Of course, they will lift their game to show how they can play against him so that's something we have to be ready for."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 12Hamer
  • 2Wisdom
  • 33Davies
  • 3Forsyth
  • 37BogleSubstituted forWhittakerat 67'minutes
  • 23Holmes
  • 10Lawrence
  • 17Evans
  • 46MaloneBooked at 16mins
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forMartinat 81'minutes
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forKnightat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Paterson
  • 8Dowell
  • 19Martin
  • 21Roos
  • 25Lowe
  • 38Knight
  • 49Whittaker

QPR

  • 1Lumley
  • 22Rangel
  • 4Hall
  • 37Leistner
  • 14ManningBooked at 88mins
  • 20Osayi-SamuelBooked at 49mins
  • 5CameronBooked at 75mins
  • 8AmosSubstituted forScowenat 71'minutes
  • 10Eze
  • 7PughSubstituted forWellsat 78'minutes
  • 9Hugill

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 6Smith
  • 11Scowen
  • 12Ball
  • 19Chair
  • 21Wells
  • 33Barnes
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
26,289

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers).

Scott Malone (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers).

Duane Holmes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers).

Morgan Whittaker (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Morgan Whittaker (Derby County).

Offside, Derby County. Jason Knight tries a through ball, but Craig Forsyth is caught offside.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ryan Manning.

Booking

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

Jason Knight (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Attempt blocked. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Hugill with a headed pass.

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers).

Jason Knight (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ryan Manning.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jason Knight replaces Jack Marriott.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Chris Martin replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ryan Manning.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Nahki Wells replaces Marc Pugh.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jack Marriott (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Booking

Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Grant Hall.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.

Hand ball by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Scowen replaces Luke Amos.

Foul by Marc Pugh (Queens Park Rangers).

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

goal

As It Stood

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3Fulham19105431191235
4Nottm Forest1895424141032
5Bristol City198833127432
6Preston189453122931
7Brentford1993729141530
8Swansea198652420430
9Sheff Wed198562618829
10Cardiff197752725228
11Blackburn198382627-127
12Hull197573026426
13Millwall196852325-226
14Derby196762025-525
15Birmingham197481924-525
16QPR197482837-925
17Charlton196582626023
18Reading186392223-121
19Huddersfield194692231-918
20Middlesbrough193881627-1117
21Luton1952122540-1517
22Wigan1944111731-1416
23Stoke1942132033-1314
24Barnsley1926112138-1712
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