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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

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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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Derby gain an advantage as QPR down to ten men!

QPR's Garry O'Neill has received a red card after committing a professional foul on the edge of the Derby County penalty area.

The QPR defender was deemed to have brought down Johnny Russell when he was clean through on goal.

Jamie Ward failed to make the most of the resultant free-kick, but Steve McClaren's men now have the upper hand in this tense final.

Derby escape by the width of a post as Austin fires wide

Derby County players and fans are thanking their lucky stars as QPR's Charlie Austin looked to have squandered the best chance of the match, firing inches wide of the right-hand post.

Harry Redknapp's men are enjoying a good spell at the moment, after Derby enjoyed the best of the possession in the opening stages of the second half.

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