Derby 1-2 QPR: Super-sub Andre Gray breaks the Rams hearts with last-gasp winner
Derby 1-2 QPR: Super-sub Andre Gray nets stunning last-gasp winner to leave Wayne Rooney’s Rams 19 points from Championship safety after Tom Lawrence opened the scoring for hosts
- Tom Lawrence opened the scoring for Derby just 10 minutes into the game
- Ex-Arsenal man Chris Willock levelled for the visitors on the counter-attack
- Andre Gray scored in the last minute of normal time to hand the visitors the win
- The victory sees Rangers move from sixth up to third in the Championship
Wayne Rooney has called for a quick resolution to Derby’s takeover saga after US businessman Chris Kirchner watched their late defeat by Queens Park Rangers.
Derby are administration and look to be heading for League One after being docked a total of 21 points.
Kirchner has been open about his interest in buying the club and boss Rooney has demanded the matter be settled rapidly.
Queens Park Rangers snatch all three points against Derby with a late winner from Andre Gray
Tom Lawrence (L) opened the scoring after 10 minutes thumping effort into the roof of the net
Rangers’ Chris Willock (R) levelled for the visitors just five minutes into the second-half
‘I have shown my commitment to the club and Chris Kirchner has shown his,’ said Rooney, whose side took the lead through Tom Lawrence, only for goals from Chris Willock and Andre Gray – in the last minute – to seal the points for QPR, who go third.
‘I know it’s difficult and there are obstacles to get over but for everyone’s sake I hope it can be done as soon as possible.
‘It would make me job easier as I could start to put things in place for the future.
‘I have spoken to Chris Kirchner and his commitment is there. It is difficult for the administrators and there are a few options on the table but for the sake of this club we need it done.’
Derby (4-3-3): Roos 5.5; Byrne 7, Jagielka 6.5, Davies 6, Forsyth 5.5; Thompson 6.5, Bird 6.5, Shinnie 7 (Ebosele 79); Knight 7 (Kazim-Richards 79), Morrison 5 (Jozwiak 70, 6), Lawrence 6.5. Subs not used: Allsop, Stearman, Sibley, Watson.
Scorers: Lawrence 10
Manager: Wayne Rooney 6.5
QPR (3-4-3): Dieng 6; Dickie 6, Dunne 6.5, Barbet 6; Adomah 7, Dozzell 6, Johansen 7.5, Wallace 5 (Odubajo 53, 6); Chair 6; Austin 6 (Gray 76, 7), Willock 7. Subs not used: Archer, Amos, Ball, Thomas, Field.
Scorers: Willock 50, Gray 90.
Manager: Mark Warburton 6.5
This result leaves Derby, who have a single point, 19 points adrift of safety, while QPR are seven points below second-placed Bournemouth.
All three goals were of supreme quality. Lawrence found the top corner with a ferocious strike to give Derby the lead at half-time, before Willock’s produced a crisp finish and Gray a superb volley.
Rangers boss Mark Warburton said: ‘We conceded a soft goal and needed to raise our intensity but we looked a good team in the second half and deserved to win.’
Wayne Rooney’s side appeared fearless as they took on one of the Championship frontrunners
Lawrence could have doubled Derby’s lead before the break but swept it wide of the post
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