Resolute Rams build momentum with win at QPR

Colin Kazim-Richards scored the winner as Derby County defeated QPR and recorded consecutive wins for the first time this season.

The game’s only goal came eleven minutes into the second half and was one of few opportunities for the visitors during the contest.

Despite having 58% possession in the first half, the Rams were unable to register a shot on target.

Kazim-Richards could have opened the scoring early on when George Evans played a long ball finding Nathan Byrne who crossed first time, but the forward was unable to make contact.

QPR’s first opportunity came in the 18th minute when Todd Kane’s cross was headed wide by Charlie Austin.

Kane found Austin again five minutes later, this time the striker denied from close range by a brilliant save from Kelle Roos.

That was the closest either side came in the opening 45 and Rams boss Wayne Rooney introduced Max Bird for Evans at the break as he looked for more protection in midfield.

The hosts still started the half on top and saw an effort from Dykes go wide before Derby caught them on the break in the 56th minute.

Graeme Shinnie pushed forward after a one-two with Jason Knight and played a perfect pass to Kamil Jozwiak. The Poland international was denied by Seny Dieng, but Kazim-Richards was there to tap into the open goal.

After the goal it was mostly Rooney’s men with the defending to do, with Lee Buchanan winning several headers in his own box.

The Rams were fortunate not to concede a penalty in the 67th minute after the ball struck Kazim Richards’ arm. After the game R’s manager Mark Warburton said: “it’s the most blatant handball you’ll ever see.”

QPR continued to pressure and Roos made another huge save, this time with excellent reactions to deny an acrobatic attempt from defender Yoann Barbet.

There was a final let off for Derby as Matt Clarke looked to have gifted a chance to substitute Charlie Kelman, but the youngster was unable to capitalise.

Since Rooney took sole charge, his side have now kept four clean sheets in five away games.

He is still looking to add to his squad however before the January transfer window closes, which could be possible with reports the current embargo is set to be lifted.