Heartbreak for Derby County as they lose play-off final to QPR

There was late heartbreak for Derby County as they lost the Championship play-off final at Wembley in the cruelest fashion. Bobby Zamora scored a goal that could prove to be worth up to £120m with QPR's only shot on target in the 90th minute.

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Derby players express disappointment after defeat

Derby County players Craig Bryson and Johnny Russell have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment after their 90th minute play-off defeat to QPR yesterday.

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Gutted we never got the result we deserved yesterday but we will be back! Thanks for all the support over the season ?

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This will hurt for a while but we know what we are capable of as a squad! we will be back stronger for it! Fans unreal all year! thank you??

The Rams had managed to avoid a shot on target for the entire game, until Bobby Zamora popped up with the winner at the death.

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Derby fans show disappointment at play-off loss

This was the reaction of fans back in Derby when QPR scored their late winner!

They say it is a disappointing end to what has been an otherwise winning season. The Rams were top scorers in the Championship and achieved their highest finish for seven years.

Despite missing out on a place in the Premier League, fans at the Coach and Horses pub in Chester Green said they are proud of their team's performance under Steve McClaren.

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'Absolute heartbreak': celebrities react to Championship play-off final result

One Direction's Niall Horan, Mansfield Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and comedian Dara O'Briain are among hundreds of people expressing their 'heartbreak' after Derby County lost the Championship play-off final against QPR.

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absolute heartbreak ! It's ok lads you played fantastic, deserved to do it! That's just typical ! #derbytilwedie @dcfcofficial

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Gutted for @dcfcofficial ! My dad @sadlington will be crying! Haha! They've done amazing to get there though! #rams #PlayOffFinal

Heartbreak for Derby County: fans pledge support

Derby County fans have taken to Twitter, expressing their sorrow at missing out on the Premier League and pledging their continuing support for the club.

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Devastated for Derby, better team on the day and throughout the season #PlayOffFinal

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so gutted, so proud to be a derby fan though! Seasons been amazing, least we still get to see the faces when we beat forest again #5-0 ????

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Absolutely gutted ? but still end the season with such pride! It's incredible that we got to wembley. Bring on next season, YOU ARE MY DERBY

RESULT: Derby County lose play-off final 1-0

Derby County have lost the Championship play-off final at Wembley after conceding in the 90th minute of the game.

Derby fans had travelled to Wembley in their thousands Credit: PA

Bobby Zamora '£120m strike' - owing to the amount of money to be gained by achieving promotion to the Premier League - was QPR's only shot on target in the entire match.

A young fan shows where his allegiances lie in the crowd before kick-off Credit: PA

But that goal proved enough to settle the encounter in the cruelest fashion for Derby's fans and players, who will now face another year in the second tier of English football.

The game was a close encounter until Derby's Johnny Russell was brought down midway through the second half Credit: PA

Steve McClaren's men had the better of the second half after QPR were reduced to ten men when Garry O'Neil brought down Johnny Russell to deny him a clear chance on goal.

Bobby Zamora fired QPR into the Premier League with a sumptuous strike after a poor Derby clearance in the 90th minute Credit: PA

But it was QPR fans and players who were left celebrating at the final whistle, as they look forward to the riches of the Premier League next season.

QPR players celebrated wildly after the final whistle Credit: PA
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