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Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Derby County: Colin Kazim-Richards earns Rams win

Charlie Austin of QPR has a shot well saved by Derby County Goalkeeper Kelle Roos
QPR striker Charlie Austin was denied a 50th QPR goal by Derby keeper Kelle Roos' fine first-half save

Derby County top scorer Colin Kazim-Richards struck to earn victory over Queens Park Rangers and secure a second consecutive win under new boss Wayne Rooney.

Kazim-Richards followed up to tap in his fourth goal of the season after a swift second-half counter-attack to take the Rams five points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

QPR, who have now not scored in four home league games and stay 17th, rarely threatened to level with their best chance seeing Yoann Barbet's acrobatic overhead kick superbly saved by keeper Kelle Roos.

The Rams remain 21st in the Championship, but are level on points and goal difference with fierce rivals Nottingham Forest and have moved five points clear of third-from-bottom Rotherham United - albeit having played three games more than the Millers.

The visitors' sixth league win of a miserable season to date provides a welcome boost while delays and uncertainty continue to surround a proposed takeover.

Kazim-Richards' timely winner means he now has a quarter of Derby's 16 Championship goals this season and deservedly rewarded a disciplined performance.

The striker should have opened the scoring in a dour first half when he completely missed the ball from six yards from Nathan Byrne's right-wing cross.

QPR, who were seeking a third successive win, twice came close through Charlie Austin, who headed narrowly wide from Todd Kane's cross to the back post and then saw a first-time strike superbly pushed away by Roos - the only effort on target in a cautious first half.

Kazim-Richards was on hand to put Derby ahead 11 minutes after the break when Rangers keeper Seny Dieng could only parry Kamil Jozwiak's low shot.

QPR saw plenty of the ball thereafter but, aside from the Roos save from Barbet and some lively penalty appeals for a handball by Kazim-Richards, they lacked a threat and Derby saw out victory with little fuss.

QPR manager Mark Warburton:

"I don't think we did enough to win the game, but I don't think we deserved to lose it.

"That was the most blatant handball [for the penalty claim] you're going to see. The players' reaction tells you that's an obvious handball. I'm not sure how that's been missed.

"When you're having a bad day and not at your best - and we were below our best for much of the game - you need those calls to go right.

"But we didn't do enough in the first half especially. We gave the ball away cheaply and were not on the front foot.

"We lost silly duels and gave the ball away loosely. We gave away a sloppy goal and gave them something to hang onto."

Derby boss Wayne Rooney:

"We started very well and then let the game slip and lost a bit of control.

"We made a tactical change and it was about determination not to concede as we knew we'd have chances on the break. Fortunately we scored with one of those chances.

"George Evans coming off was not because of his performance but to get another midfielder in there to get control of the game.

"I've always been someone who can read the game. And it's not just me - it's the coaches and we're talking constantly about whether we need to make a change or not.

"There will be games when I have to hold my hands up and admit I got it wrong.

"I can't think I'm some genius and come up with crazy tactics. We'll keep giving the players the messages we need to and keep it simple for them."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13Dieng
  • 4Dickie
  • 20CameronBooked at 31mins
  • 6Barbet
  • 2KaneBooked at 51mins
  • 21WillockSubstituted forBettacheat 65'minutes
  • 10Chair
  • 12Ball
  • 25HämäläinenSubstituted forAdomahat 82'minutes
  • 9DykesSubstituted forBonneat 73'minutes
  • 45AustinSubstituted forKelmanat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lumley
  • 7Bonne
  • 19Thomas
  • 24Kakay
  • 26Bettache
  • 29Kelman
  • 37Adomah
  • 41Duke-McKenna

Derby

Formation 3-4-3

  • 21Roos
  • 22EvansSubstituted forBirdat 45'minutes
  • 2Wisdom
  • 16Clarke
  • 12Byrne
  • 5Bielik
  • 4ShinnieBooked at 77mins
  • 26Buchanan
  • 7JozwiakSubstituted forMacDonaldat 86'minutes
  • 13Kazim-RichardsSubstituted forWaghornat 79'minutes
  • 38Knight

Substitutes

  • 3Forsyth
  • 8Bird
  • 9Waghorn
  • 17Sibley
  • 18Whittaker
  • 37MacDonald
  • 40Watson
  • 42Mitchell-Lawson
  • 44Foster
Referee:
Tim Robinson

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Derby County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Derby County 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Yoann Barbet (Queens Park Rangers).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Kornell MacDonald replaces Kamil Jozwiak.

  6. Post update

    Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Derby County).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Kelman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Clarke (Derby County).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Charlie Kelman replaces Charlie Austin.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Albert Adomah replaces Niko Hämäläinen.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Macauley Bonne (Queens Park Rangers).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. Nathan Byrne tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Martyn Waghorn replaces Colin Kazim-Richards.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Faysal Bettache (Queens Park Rangers).

  20. Post update

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

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 23rd January 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich25165435211453
2Swansea24137429131646
3Watford25137530181246
4Brentford23128337211644
5Reading2413473728943
6Bournemouth25119538211742
7Middlesbrough24116730201039
8Stoke2691073128337
9Bristol City24113102526-136
10Preston25112123133-235
11Barnsley25104112732-534
12Blackburn2496939281133
13Luton2596102127-633
14Huddersfield2594122835-731
15Cardiff2485113028229
16Millwall2461172124-329
17QPR2569102331-827
18Coventry2468102234-1226
19Birmingham2568111830-1226
20Nottm Forest2567122029-925
21Derby2567121625-925
22Rotherham2255122332-920
23Sheff Wed2367101523-819
24Wycombe2336141635-1915
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