Bonne nuit for Rangers as late goal downs struggling Derby
Derby County conceded a very late goal yet again as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to QPR, who themselves recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time since December last year.
Substitute Macauley Bonne grabbed the winner just two minutes from time, after latching onto a Rob Dickie cross and powering a header past David Marshall.
The first real chance of the match came early on when Wayne Rooney picked out the advanced run of Kamil Jozwiak, but QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng saved his effort.
Moments later, the visitors should have been in front. Albert Adomah’s cross was met by the leaping Lyndon Dykes whose goalbound header was superbly saved by David Marshall at close range.
QPR had another golden opportunity to draw first blood as the half reached its mid-point. Ilias Chair broke through the Rams defence and was through on goal, but a brilliant recovery tackle from Matt Clarke snuffed out any danger.
Derby’s best chance of the half came just after the half hour mark when Rooney was played through on goal, but Dieng denied him with a fingertip save.
The hosts started the second half as the better team and almost made the perfect start five minutes after the restart. Tom Lawrence knocked the ball down for Rooney 25 yards from goal and his fierce volley flew past the outstretched Dieng and smashed the outside of the post.
QPR had a big chance just before the hour mark when Rob Dickie latched on to a cross at the back post, but fired his effort from 12 yards wide of the near post.
Derby fought back though as they tried to control the game and find a breakthrough. Jozwiak found space on the right-hand side of the box, but Dickie slid in to clear his cross which was destined for Colin Kazim-Richards at the back post.
The away side eventually struck first with just two minutes of normal time remaining. A well worked move down the right saw Dickie swing an inviting ball into the box where Bonne was waiting to head home.
The result leaves Derby 23rd in the Championship, with just one win from their opening ten fixtures.
Derby: Marshall, Forsyth, Shinnie, Jozwiak, Waghorn (Kazim-Richards 72), Lawrence, Byrne, Clarke, Rooney (Sibley 81), Davies, Knight (Holmes 72)
Not used: Wisdom, te Wierik, Bird, Roos.
QPR: Dieng, Kane, Dickie, Barbet, Dykes (Bonne 60), Chair, Osayi-Samuel (Willock 65), Cameron, Carroll, Hamalainen, Adomah (Ball 59)
Not used: Masterson, Kakay, Bettache, Kelly
By Rob Sills