Joey Barton: 'I feel sorry for Derby County'

Joey Barton admits that he feels sorry for Derby County following QPR's 1-0 victory in the Championship playoff final.

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has admitted that he feels sorry for Derby County following his side's victory in the Championship playoff final.

Derby dominated the match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, but Bobby Zamora struck in the final minute to seal 10-man QPR's promotion to the Premier League.

"We have a habit of doing it the hard way," Barton told BBC Sport.

"I knew we would do it but I feel sorry for Derby, they played fantastic today and they deserved to win. That could have been us."

QPR return to the top tier of English football having spent just one season in the Championship.

: The QPR team celebrate with the trophy after the Sky Bet Championship Playoff Final match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers at Wembley Stadium on May 24, 2014
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