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Fans hail 'absolutely brilliant' play-off run despite last minute defeat

Derby County fans have talked about their pride and their faith in Steve McClaren after losing out on a place in the Premie League to QPR.

Fans were watching the game at the Coach and Horses pub in Chester Green and - despite their disappointment - say they are looking forward to a full season under the former England boss next year.

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.

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.

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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Late winner sends QPR to Premier League

QPR fans at Wembley. Credit: PA

A late goal from Bobby Zamora saw ten-man Queens Park Rangers win the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

The 1-0 victory over Derby County sends Harry Redknapp's side back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, despite Gary O'Neil's second-half red card.

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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.

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