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63% defensive duels won: The QPR midfielder who looked eager to make amends against Derby

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QPR saw their winless run extend to seven matches on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with Derby County courtesy of Eberechi Eze’s penalty which cancelled out Martyn Waghorn’s opener for the Rams.

Mark Warburton’s side were marked as play-off contenders after their encouraging early-season form, but this has since started to disappear and they now find themselves languishing at 16th in the Championship table.

The Rs’ performance at Pride Park was an improvement on their humiliating 4-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in midweek, but Warburton will still be disappointed his side were not able to secure three points in a winnable clash with Phillip Cocu’s side.

The QPR boss made wholesale changes following the midweek drubbing with five players losing their place in the starting line-up, but midfielder Luke Amos managed to retain his place in the side for the fourth consecutive outing.

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Amos was widely criticised for his first-half performance against Forest on Wednesday night which saw him substituted at the break, but Warburton placed his trust in the midfielder for the clash with Derby over the weekend.

He played 76 minutes before he was replaced by Josh Scowen with QPR needing fresh legs to chase the game in the closing stages, and he managed to bounce back from his Forest display with an improved midfield showing against the Rams.

The 22-year-old registered a solid pass completion rate of 84% against Cocu’s side as he added composure to the Rs’ midfield, while he also provided a strong defensive contribution by winning 63% of his duels against the Derby attack.

His performance was also characterised by a determination to put things right following the Forest defeat, and this saw him produce seven recoveries against the Rs’ opponents as he battled hard to win possession for this side.

It should also be noted that Amos was considerably involved in setting up QPR attacks as he produced three long passes and made six passes into the final third, with this revealing his willingness to take risks when playing the ball forward.

Amos perhaps has some way to go before proving he warrants a regular spot in the QPR side, but he helped restore some pride with his performance at Pride Park, but it will be interesting to see whether Warburton now includes him in the team next weekend.


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