Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes Derby County’s front four are among the best in the Championship, the BBC report.

Queens Park Rangers defeated Derby 2-1 at the Kiyan Prince Foundation stadium.

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Martyn Waghorn’s header cancelled out Grant Hall’s opener for QPR, but a second-half strike from Ilias Chair gave the hosts all three points.

After the game, Warburton praised Derby’s attacking quality.

They’re a tough opponent and their front line is up there with anything in the division so we knew they posed an attacking threat. In the first half I thought we were lethargic, deserved to be in front but huffed and puffed in the final third. We felt if we stepped up the tempo we would take the points.

Derby lined up in a 4-2-3-1 system for the trip to West London.

Phillip Cocu named a front quartet of Tom Lawrence, Wayne Rooney and Martyn Waghorn playing behind former Peterborough United striker Jack Marriott.

On paper it looks strong. However, there is an evident lack of pace between them while the hold-up ability of both Marriott and Waghorn has been questioned this season.

Waghorn was particularly wasteful at QPR. He scored an excellent header, but at the end of the game many felt he could and should have netted a hattrick.

The former Ipswich Town man has a respectable 12 goals this season.

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Lawrence has scored seven, while Rooney has netted three times since his arrival. Marriott, meanwhile, has scored just twice in a frustrating injury-hit campaign.

Derby boss Phillip Cocu will likely target a new striker in the summer.

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