A 1-1 draw with Derby County at Pride Park on Saturday afternoon extended QPR’s run without a win in the Championship to seven games, dropping the Hoops down to 16th place in the standings.
Phillip Cocu’s Derby side took the lead through Martyn Waghorn’s fine free-kick in the 23rd minute of the clash, extending QPR’s run without a clean sheet this season.
Mark Warburton’s side were then handed a reprieve in first-half stoppage time, as Waghorn turned villain as he was adjudged to have brought down Bright Osayi-Samuel in the box.
Ebere Eze then converted from the spot for his seventh league goal of the season.
Derby had chances late on to win it, but the Hoops held on for an important point, which brings an end to Derby’s run of five home wins in a row.
Here are three things we learnt about QPR from their performance on Saturday…
Formation did not help strikers
Although the Hoops were on a equal footing to Derby in terms of shots on goal with both sides having 13 apiece, Jordan Hugill did not make his mark on the game, as he only had two shots on goal, both of which were off target.
Part of the reason behind that was the lack of creativity behind the striker, as Mark Warburton changed his usual 4-2-3-1 formation in favour of a more defensive 4-4-1-1 shape.
Mark Pugh played in behind the striker, but only made one key pass in his 78 minutes on the pitch, highlighting the lack of creativity. Nahki Wells also failed to a register a shot after coming on as a second half substitute.
Defensive lapses are continuing
Derby had opportunities to win the game late on in the second half, with the standout chance falling to attacker Jayden Bogle, who put his effort over the bar.
However, Toni Leistner’s reluctance to stay with his man once Jack Marriott’s cross came in enabled Bogle to open up the space in the box, which will be a concern to Mark Warburton.
The German defender also failed to pick out Martyn Waghorn’s run in behind for Derby’s final chance of the game, as the striker had time and space to meet the ball with his head, which fortunately for QPR, he could not connect cleanly with.
Ebere Eze delivered when it mattered
QPR’s starlet once again was handed the task of taking an important penalty for his side, which he slotted coolly past Ben Hamer in the Derby County goal, after a stuttered run-up.
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That is his 7th goal of the season for the R’s, and the 21-year-old is proving to be a reliable penalty taker, slotting home his 3rd spot kick of the campaign for QPR.