Rams Winless Run Extended
Attendance: 11, 488
A late header from Massimo Luongo extended Derby County`s winless streak as they drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. Andreas Weimann gave The Rams the lead against the run of play when a run and pass from Kasey Palmer teed him up and Curtis Davies was denied by Alex Smithies after the break as he looked to extend the lead. Matt Smith headed just wide with seven minutes to go and Luongo headed home from close range after being picked out but Luke Freeman`s freekick on eighty-seven minutes to leave the sides level at the end.
Joe Ledley, Kasey Palmer and David Nugent replaced George Thorne, Matej Vydra and Cameron Jerome as The Rams went in search of a first win in five games. They came under pressure early as Matt Smith struck the bar with an effort from just outside and David Nugent was off target after being found by Andreas Weimann as The Rams had a chance at the other end.
Ledley was replaced by Bradley Johnson after fifteen minutes and Derby sat deep to soak up the pressure from Rangers. Nedum Onuoha scooped over from close range after the ball was returned into the area and against the run of play Derby took the lead. Palmer`s carving run and clever pass setup Weimann and he shot low across Alex Smithies and into the corner of the net.
Derby went close to extending their lead as the second half got underway when Curtis Davies met Weimann`s deep cross but Smithies kept his header out low to his left. Tom Lawrence was next to threaten after cutting in from the left but again Smithies was equal to his effort.
Rangers upped the pressure as the half progressed as they looked for a way back into the match, Luke Freeman was denied by a sharp save from Scott Carson who was up quickly to clear from danger and Smith then headed just wide with seven minutes to go. With three minutes to Freeman`s freekick picked out Massimo Luongo and his close range header found the corner of the net. Joel Lynch had a great chance to win the game in added time but he fired straight a Carson as the points were shared.
Queens Park Rangers: Smithies; Robinson, Onuoha, Furlong (Wszolek, 74`), Bidwell; Luongo, Scowen, Freeman; Smyth, Smith (Lynch, 86'), Washington (Eze, 60`).
Substitutes not used: Ingram, Perch, Cousins, Manning.
Derby County: Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Davies, Forsyth; Huddlestone, Ledley (Johnson, 14`); Weimann, Palmer (Vydra, 82'), Lawrence; Nugent (Jerome, 71`).
Substitutes not used: Roos, Pearce, Hanson, Anya