Derby 1-1 QPR: Wayne Rooney in home dugout as Rams are held
Derby vs QPR
Sky Bet Ch’ship
3:00pm Saturday November
Pride Park Stadium
Wayne Rooney saw in the dugout as Derby run at Pride Park was ended by a draw with QPR.
The striker gave away the punishment that Eberechi Eze converted at the conclusion of the first half although martyn Waghorn’s free-kick put the Rams.
Derby were pushing for a sixth consecutive home win but Rangers revealed character and might have taken all three points by composure in the final third.
Rooney was given a rousing reception when he came out before taking his place among the hosts’ training team for the very first time.
The England captain is not eligible to play until January but he would have approved of the way Derby began with Jayden Bogle getting in to drive Joe Lumley to a diving save in the second minute.
But Phillip Cocu’s side have fought set-pieces and Rangers caused difficulties with Geoff Cameron heading narrowly over from corners in the first 10 minutes.
Derby were caught from a quick free-kick in the 16th minute when Bright Osayi-Samuel captured in to the correct however Ben Hamer, in for Kelle Roos, turned his shot .
QPR had not kept a clean sheet all season and they surrendered in the 23rd minute when Jack Marriott was tripped just outside the box along with Waghorn curled the free-kick within the wall and in to Lumley’s upper left corner.
But Derby looked far from secure and Ryan Manning compelled Hamer to push out a skimming push before Jordan Hugill shot just wide.
Angel Rangel snapped a shot wide as the visitors pressed again but they also levelled in stoppage time when Waghorn challenge on Osayi-Samuel led to a penalty which Eze rolled Hamer.
It was the deserved for a vibrant display of the R and they began the second half brightly, though Marriott fired from a corner in the 53rd minute.
Derby had another opportunity when Marriott crossed from the left Bogle put his shot over from 10 yards.
The momentum had changed to Derby and Waghorn before Marriott volleyed over in the 76th minute, headed wide from a Scott Malone cross.
When Hugill drove that Hamer could only parry, QPR responded and Josh Scowen needed a shot.
Derby had a chance to win it at the third minute of added time when they made a free-kick 25 yards but Tom Lawrence couldn’t beat Lumley.