As it Happened: Gray stunner wins it for QPR
Derby vs QPR, Monday November 29, 19:45 BST


22:162 months ago

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Meanwhile, Jack Koblitz's report of the game is here.

21:472 months ago


I'm not sure what I need after that. Probably another bottle of Evian.

I'm off to get one. Jack Koblitz will have the report up later, but thank you very much for joining me this evening and keeping me company.

I've been Lewis Browning and I'll speak to you all soon, but, for now, I hope everyone has a good evening. See ya!

21:442 months ago


The face says it all.

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21:432 months ago

Harsh on Derby

Everyone breathe. Yes, and you.

I can't help but feel that's so harsh on Derby. They played well, but their impressive run of form comes to an end, and they still have just one point on the board.

21:402 months ago

QPR turn it around

QPR turned it around in the second half after trailing 1-0 at half time thanks to a neat effort from Tom Lawrence.

Chris Willock squared things up, and Gray's dazzling effort in stoppage time ensured the points headed back to the capital.

21:372 months ago

Derby 1-2 QPR

Well they left it very, very late, but what a way to do it. Andre Gray's fantastic volley in the 90th minute secures the win for QPR, who are up to third in the league table after the win.

The away end celebrate, and it really is heartbreak for Derby. The Rams players appreciate the crowd, but they will feel sore tonight.

21:362 months ago

FULL TIME: Derby 1-2 QPR

That's all, folks. They've done it.
21:362 months ago

Moments left - Derby 1-2 QPR

90 +4': We've played almost 94 minutes now. Derby need something special.
21:352 months ago

Substitution! Derby 1-2 QPR

93 +3': I can't believe what I've seen. That is a serious strike from Gray. He was booked for taking his shirt off in celebration.

Sam Field replaces Willock for QPR. Just moments left now.

21:332 months ago

Derby 1-1 QPR

90 +2': This is absolute heartbreak for Derby. They fail to get men back and QPR break.

Willock crosses for Chair, whose header hits the post. The ball falls to Gray and his back is to goal, but what a finish! He flicks the ball up twice and turns before firing high, on the volley, past Roos.

QPR lead and we're well into three minutes of stoppage time.

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Corner! Derby 1-1 QPR

90': Obosele gets away from two men but overruns it. He does, however, manage to win his side a corner - their first of the game - as we approach the 90 minute mark.

The cross from Bird nearly finds its way all the way to the back post but it's cleared. Derby are going for this.

21:292 months ago

Corner! Derby 1-1 QPR

88': Jagielka - on his 750th career appearance for club and country - has been outstanding this evening.

Another QPR corner is cleared before Johanssen's pass is out for a throw. Derby would probably be the happier with a point so will take their time.

21:272 months ago

No corner - Derby 1-1 QPR

86': QPR should have another corner after Obosele boots the ball against Forsyth but a goal kick is given. Dickie is irate.

Five minutes to go. It's getting tense.

21:252 months ago

Close! Derby 1-1 QPR

84': Gray finds Chair and the midfielder has a sight of goal but Byrne gets back to tackle.

Jimmy Dunne then almost pokes the corner home - he claims a penalty but the referee ignores him.

Willock then forces Davies to deflect over. That was a good chance too!

21:232 months ago

Into final 10 minutes - Derby 1-1 QPR

82': Pressure from Derby now with Obosele doing well down the right.

Into the final 10 minutes now and it's still anyone's game. Who wants it more?

21:212 months ago

Substitutions! Derby 1-1 QPR

Johanssen's free kick is poor and straight into the arms of Roos. Gray then puts the ball in the net but he's miles offside.

Colin Kazim-Richards and Festy Obosele are on for Derby in a double change; Shinnie and Knight are the men replaced.

21:182 months ago

Substitution! Derby 1-1 QPR

76': Charlie Austin leaves the field to a chorus of boos - that's in relation to his 'dry your eyes' celebration after the equaliser.

Andre Gray is the man on, also returning from injury.

21:172 months ago

Close! Derby 1-1 QPR

75': The passing has been incredibly poor this half.

Byrne gives it away this time and the away side come forward. Chair is in space and wins a corner after the impressive Thompson blocks.

Derby clear after Roos saves from Yann Barbet. 15 minutes plus stoppages to go.

21:142 months ago

Close! Derby 1-1 QPR

73': 20,003 fans inside Pride Park tonight.

Willock gets in down the left and manages to put a cross in. It's Chair on the end of it ahead of Forsyth, but the former Stevenage man heads over the bar. Wrong man, wrong time.

21:112 months ago

Substitution! Derby 1-1 QPR

70': Jozwiak is on, with Ravel Morrison making way; the midfielder unable to make an impact against his former club.

Byrne and Odubajo are both fine.

21:102 months ago

Injury! Derby 1-1 QPR

69': Thompson does well to intercept a high ball on its way to Willock.

Another break in play as Byrne and Odubajo compete for a header but appear to clash heads.

21:082 months ago

Both teams wasteful - Derby 1-1 QPR

67': Both sides are giving the ball away a little easily at the moment. It's a bit weird, actually.

Kamil Jozwiak seems to be getting ready for Derby on the home bench.

21:052 months ago

Close! Derby 1-1 QPR

64': Lawrence goes past two men and plays in Byrne. The forward gets the return pass, but the ball gets stuck in his feet and QPR clear.

A period of pressure from the visitors has been quietened. It's anyone's game right now. 

21:012 months ago

Corner! Derby 1-1 QPR

60': Consecutive corners for QPR as we approach the hour mark, with Roos punching the second one before Adomah fires well over.

QPR haven't been great this evening but they have a real chance to pick up the three points now.

20:582 months ago

Close! Derby 1-1 QPR

57': Another beautiful pass from Austin heads towards Willock but Thompson gets there first.

Roos ran about 20 yards out his goal too, as you do.

20:572 months ago


56': Derby had conceded just 18 goals in the league this season before tonight, which was the fourth best record in the league.

Their defending for the goal was sloppy though. They were really exposed on the counter.

Willock is offside.

20:562 months ago

Substitution! Derby 1-1 QPR

55': Wallace can't continue with what looks like a hamstring issue and Moses Odubajo is on in his place, who is back in the squad after a period on the sidelines with his own injury. 
20:542 months ago

Injury! Derby 1-1 QPR

53': It's the QPR fans in full voice now!

Lee Wallace is receiving some treatment. Lawrence had fired wide just before that, but it's game on!

20:532 months ago

Derby 1-1 QPR

52': Austin finds space down the left and he's just onside. He runs towards the area and picks out Willock alone in the area. And it's a gorgeous finish from the number 21 - a volley high past Roos for his third goal in four games. We're all square again!
20:522 months ago


50': Out of nowhere, Chris Willock has drawn QPR level!
20:512 months ago

Derby comfortable - Derby 1-0 QPR

50': Chris Willock falls over for some reason. Jeremy Simpson waves play on.

21 points at home for QPR this season but just 11 on the road. They'll need to improve here if they're going to help that away record.

20:492 months ago

Foul! Derby 1-0 QPR

47': Knight wins a free kick on the right after Dozzell hacks him down.

Bird's cross is headed up rather than out by Charlie Austin, but Dickie eventually gets it away. Bright start to the half from Derby.

20:472 months ago

Back underway! Derby 1-0 QPR

We're back underway for the second half. No changes at the break.
20:462 months ago

Players back out

I've just popped a lemon Toxic waste in and I regret everything.

Meanwhile, the players are back out on the pitch and almost ready for the second half.

20:372 months ago

Get in touch!

The bottle of Evian is finished. I am all watered up.

Anyone else's feet always get cold first? I'm sat here in a blanket and I feel like I'm standing on ice. Again, tweet me and let me know!

20:342 months ago

Derby lead at the break - Derby 1-0 QPR

So it's Derby who lead at the break thanks to Tom Lawrence's fifth goal of the season.

QPR have't had things their way at all really. They've had a lot of possession, but are yet to test Kelle Roos in the Derby goal.

Plenty for Mark Warburton to ponder at the break. Wayne Rooney will be the happier manager.

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20:322 months ago

HALF TIME! Derby 1-0 QPR

45 +2': There goes the whistle for the interval.
20:322 months ago

Stoppage time - Derby 1-0 QPR

45 +1': There will be one minute added on.

A good low cross from Forsyth doesn't manage to pick out a white shirt. Frustration for the hosts, but it's been a half they can be more than pleased with.

20:302 months ago

Close! Derby 1-0 QPR

45': Byrne gets forward down the right again for Derby and squares it to Lawrence. He's unmarked right on the edge of the box and shoots first time, but completely mis-kicks it and the chance goes begging.
20:282 months ago

Close! Derby 1-0 QPR

43': Good pressing from Lawrence to close down Dickie and force QPR backwards.

Chair is then almost through but Kelle Roos gets there first. He nearly slides out of his box actually, but just about manages to keep the ball inside.

20:252 months ago

Offside! Derby 1-0 QPR

40': Morrison looks for Lawrence but Rob Dickie is there to cut it out. Not great from Morrison - Lawrence was in. 

Forsyth is then offside. Five minutes plus stoppage time left until the break, and it's been Derby's half so far.

20:222 months ago

Close! Derby 1-0 QPR

37': A foul from Forsyth leads to an away free kick on the right, with the chance for Chair to swing one in.

He does just that, but Charlie Austin, on his 200th Championship appearance, heads over the bar.

20:202 months ago

Foul! Derby 1-0 QPR

34': Liam Thompson receives a talking to after clipping his man. Naughty naughty. The 19-year-old is starting his third game in a row, and escapes a booking.

The free kick however goes straight out of play. It's not clicking for QPR at all right now.

20:162 months ago

Offside! Derby 1-0 QPR

31': The traditional Bobby Zamora chants are underway from the away end, in reference to the famous 2014 play-off final.

Willock is offside. Apprently, anyway - he looked on in the replay.

20:152 months ago

Foul! Derby 1-0 QPR

29': Jason Knight hits the deck under a challenge from Wallace. The wing back shakes his fingers in the referee's direction but a free kick is given and Derby get the chance for a breather.

Derby's centre backs, by the way, Davies and Phil Jagielka, have a combined age of 75. That is mental.

20:112 months ago

Corner! Derby 1-0 QPR

26': Willock's cross is put out for a corner by Davies with QPR now coming more and more into the game.

Chair wastes the corner though, and Jagielka clears.

20:102 months ago

Injury! Derby 1-0 QPR

25': What's everyone's favourite water brand? It's quite a serious topic for me. Tweet me at @Browning_Lewis_ and let me know. I've got a two litre bottle of Evian going on here and it's doing the job.

Anyway, Derby are putting bodies on the line here but we've got a break in play with Lawrence on the floor after taking an arm to the face from Andre Dozzell. I think he's OK to carry on.

20:062 months ago

Derby settling better - Derby 1-0 QPR

21': QPR are trying to play their football and get the likes of Chris Willock on the ball as much as possible, but Derby's midfield is packed and the visitors are struggling.

No clear chances since the goal, but that'll suit Derby.

20:032 months ago

Foul! Derby 1-0 QPR

17': QPR's wing backs are very high and Albert Adomah catches out Forsyth and runs into space down the right. His cross is poor again though, and Derby win a defensive free kick.
20:002 months ago

Corner! Derby 1-0 QPR

15': "The Rams are staying up!" sing the Pride Park faithful.

QPR have won just one of their last seven away games and they're behind already here. That'll frustrate Mark Warburton.

Curtis Davies pokes it out for a QPR corner, but Forsyth heads away for Derby.

Another corner follows, but again it's cleared.

19:572 months ago

Derby 1-0 QPR

12': Oh, it's a scorcher from Tom Lawrence! Shinnie picks out his captain with a beautiful defence splitting pass and Lawrence is onto it. He runs through in on goal with only Dieng to beat, and oh does he beat him!

It's right in the top corner and Dieng has no chance. It's Lawrence's 50th career goal, and Derby lead!

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10': Tom Lawrence has the ball in the net and the Rams are in front at Pride Park!
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Penalty appeal! Derby 0-0 QPR

7': Lee Wallace is dispossessed on the left but there's no one in the middle waiting for Jason Knight's cross.

There's then a penalty appeal up the other end when Ilias Chair hits the deck, but referee Jeremy Simpson waves play on.

19:492 months ago

Formations - Derby 0-0 QPR

4': You have to feel for the Derby fans with what they've been through. Pride Park looks pretty empty, but the fans there are in good voice.

It's a back three as usual for QPR, with Derby employing what looks like a 4231.

Craig Forsyth's cross is collected by Seny Dieng.

19:482 months ago

CLOSE! Derby 0-0 QPR

2': We nearly have a goal within 30 seconds! Nathan Byrne is in space down the right and plays in Graemme Shinnie on the edge of the box. His shot is weak, but Tom Lawrence is unmarked in the middle and the ball heads his way. The Welsh international can't connect, though, and it runs out for a goal kick. 
19:462 months ago

Kick off! Derby 0-0 QPR

1': After the players take the knee, the visitors get us underway.
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Here come the teams!

Derby captain Tom Lawrence leads out the home side at Pride Park for what will be his 150th Championship appearance.

QPR are on their ways out too. We'll be underway very shortly.

19:402 months ago

Five minutes until kick off

The tv cameras are eyeing up Chris Kirchner, who is reportedly interested in buying the club.

He apparently wants clarity from the administrators of the final cost. Anyway - five minute until we're underway.

19:302 months ago

Rainbow Laces

A short reminder that this match, just like all other EFL games this weekend, is a Rainbow Laces fixture, signifying solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in football and in every day life.

19:202 months ago

Rs flying high

QPR will be in the top three of the Championship if they win at Pride Park this evening, and are on a run of five games unbeaten in the league - their last loss coming at the end of October.

Mark Warburton's men will fancy their chances, but it won't be easy in Derby.

19:102 months ago

Drawing Derby

Derby have obviously had a hammering 21-point deduction fired at them because of off-the-field issues, but on it they haven't been too bad this year.

Draws have been their issue. They've tied 10 of their 19 games so far, with only five losses. That loss column is bettered by only the top three, so if Wayne Rooney can turn a few of those draws into wins, his team may have a chance of staying up.

18:532 months ago

QPR unchanged

Unsurprisingly, QPR have name an unchanged team from their 1-0 win over Huddersfield last time out. Simple.
18:502 months ago

One Derby change

So one change for Derby here from their 0-0 draw with top-of-the-table Fulham last week, with Ravel Morrison replacing Festy Ebosele, who has been struggling with cramp in recent games - he drops to the bench.
18:472 months ago

Team news: QPR

QPR team to play Derby County: Dieng (GK), Adomah, Dickie, Dunne, Barbet, Wallace, Dozzell, Johansen (C), Chair, Willock, Austin.

Subs: Archer, Obubajo, Ball, Field, Amos, Thomas, Gray.

18:462 months ago

Team news: Derby

Derby County team to play QPR: Roos (GK), Byrne, Jagielka, Davies, Forsyth, Bird, Shinnie, Morrison, Thompson, Lawrence (C), Knight.

Subs: Allsop, Ebosele, Stearman, Jozwiak, Sibley, Watson, Kazim-Richards.

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If you fancy a bit of pre-match reading, check out my colleague Dale Winfield's preview of the match here.

Team news in five.

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Hello everyone and welcome back to the live!

Hope you're warm and haven't been affected by the snow too much. I'm beyond freezing but that's the least of my worries right now - we've got a Championship game to watch!

Derby vs QPR kicks off at 19:45 GMT. Hang around for coverage throughout the evening - I'll bring you team news in around 15 minutes.

02:342 months ago

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02:342 months ago

Warburton wary of Derby

QPR boss Mark Warburton is more than wary of the threat Derby pose.

He said: "We face a very different challenge. This is our toughest game of the season so far.

“The points deduction has happened and it’s out of their control – but they can play with real freedom and express themselves now.

“Not many teams will get four points out of Bournemouth and Fulham. They’ll have a target in mind and you have to respect that, otherwise you’ll get hurt.

“The players and staff will feel a sense of injustice and will come out firing. They have a passionate crowd who will feel that injustice as well."

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02:322 months ago

Rooney full of confidence

Derby manager Wayne Rooney spoke of his confidence in his side following their recent results.

He said: "We’ve had two very difficult games in the last week, but the lads were excellent in both of them.

“The win against Bournemouth was massive for us and it set us up well for the trip to Fulham, which was always going to be a tough test.

“We created some good opportunities, which we believed we would do, and the lads fought until the final whistle to get a point; they’ve been fighting all season.

“It is good for the lads to see that we can compete with the best teams in this league.

“We will go into Monday’s game confident and believing that we can get three points."

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02:312 months ago

How to watch Derby County vs QPR live TV and stream

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02:292 months ago

QPR: Predicted XI

(3-4-1-2) Dieng; Dickie, Dunne, Barbet; Adomah, Dozzell, Johansen, Wallace; Chair; Austin, Willock.
02:292 months ago

Derby County: Predicted XI

(4-3-3) Roos; Byrne, Jagielka, Davies, Forsyth; Bird, Thompson, Shinnie; Ebosele, Lawrence, Knight.
02:282 months ago

QPR: Team news

Defender Sam McCallum remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, but Moses Odubajo, Lyndon Dykes and Andre Gray could return.
02:282 months ago

Derby County: Team news

Derby will still be without Lee Buchanan, Sam Baldock, Jack Stretton and Krystian Bielik due to their respective injuries.

Festy Ebosele will be available despite cramping up in the last two matches.

02:272 months ago

Rangers looking up

QPR have flirted with the play-offs in recent seasons, but a win here would see them move to third in the league after 20 games.

Mark Warburton's side are on a five-game unbeaten run, and will fancy their chances of extending that here.

02:262 months ago

Derby still fighting

Derby have been hit with a 21-point deduction this season and find themselves 19 points off survival, but they're not going down without a fight.

The Rams have taken four points from their last two games, and they came against the top two teams - beating QPR would give Wayne Rooney's side even more confidence that they can achieve the impossible going into the Christmas period.

22:042 months ago

Rounding up the weekend

This will be a real test of character for both teams as they round up the Championship's weekend action. It promises to be intense.
22:022 months ago

Kick-off time

The Derby County vs QPR match will be played at Pride Park, Derby, England.

The kick-off is scheduled at 19:45 GMT.

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Welcome to's live coverage of the 2021 Championship match: Derby County vs QPR.

My name is Lewis Browning and I'll be your host for this game. We will provide you with pre-game analysis, roster updates, and news as it happens live here on VAVEL.