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Derby 0-1 QPR: Championship Play-off Final player ratings

Derby County manager Steve McClaren consoles Richard Keogh after the final whistle. Credit: PA

Referee: Lee Mason - Only had one decision to make and got the red card call spot on. 8/10

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Lee Grant - Had nothing to do and was a mere spectator in the second half - until he had to pick the ball out of the back of his net. 5

Craig Forsyth - Junior Hoilett gave him food for thought in the first half. Goal came from his side, perhaps caught cold from having so little to do during the second half. 6

Richard Keogh - His mis-kick presented Bobby Zamora with the opportunity to score. Tough on the captain, who has hardly put a foot wrong all season. 6

Jake Buxton - Typically committed performance from the fans' favourite. Marshalled Austin well. Produced several last-ditch interceptions. 8

Andre Wisdom - Solid at the back and provided a threat going forward. 6

Jeff Hendrick - Broke play up well and started attacks, complimented Hughes, Thorne and later Bryson very well. 6

George Thorne - Stand-out player in an uneventful first half. Won the ball, began attacks and picked passes, West Brom should be glad to have him back next season. 8

Will Hughes - Highly-rated teenager started well but faded. Perhaps fortunate not to be booked for diving when he went down under a challenge from Dunne in the first half. 6

Jamie Ward - Lively and full of energy. Looked to attack the QPR defence at every opportunity. 7

Chris Martin - Generally held up play very well but lacked support at times. Was denied by a good save from Green in the second half. 6

Johnny Russell - Nice piece of skill to knock the ball through O'Neil's legs and would have got a shot away had he not been cynically fouled. 6


Simon Dawkins - Little time to make much impact. Perhaps struggled to get to grips with the game after coming on. Had a great chance to score but shot straight at the goalkeeper. 5

Craig Bryson - Gave Derby a lift when he came on. Set up chances and had one himself but was denied by another good Green stop. 6

QPR are going up. Credit: PA


Robert Green - Fine reaction save to keep out Ward's free-kick in the first half and then produced good saves to deny Bryson, Martin and Dawkins after the break. 9

Danny Simpson - Defended well when Rangers were under pressure and down to 10 men and attacked when he could. 6

Richard Dunne - Solid at the back and coped well with the physical presence of Martin. 8

Nedum Onouha - Solid and dependable. Slipped into central defence seamlessly later in the game. 7

Clint Hill - Captain tried to lead by example and gave it his all before making way for fresher legs following O'Neil's red card. 7

Junior Hoilett - Looked to be one of Rangers' brightest players in the first half when he gave Derby left-back Forsyth a few things to think about. 6

Gary O'Neil - Knew what he was doing when tripping Russell. Referee Lee Mason was right to send him off. 6

Joey Barton - Struggled to assert himself against Derby's young, energetic midfield. 6

Niko Krancjar - The Croatian midfielder was unable to produce a repeat of the goal that helped to get Steve McClaren sacked as England manager seven years ago, limping off injured after 32 minutes. 4

Kevin Doyle - Largely anonymous, did not get much change out of Keogh and Buxton. 4

Charlie Austin - Did not get a clear sight of goal until the 57th minute when he side-footed his shot wide from Traore's low cross. 6


Armand Traore - Set-up Austin's strike at goal and played his part in QPR's backs-to-the-wall second-half showing. 6

Bobby Zamora - Had one chance and took it brilliantly. 7

Karl Henry - Worked hard when Rangers went down to 10 men. 5

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