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Harry Redknapp hails Queens Park Rangers' "great character"

Harry Redknapp hails his Queens Park Rangers players for showing "great character" in their victory against Wigan Athletic.

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has hailed his players for showing "great character" to come from behind against Wigan Athletic and book their place in the Championship playoff final.

The Hoops fell behind early on at Loftus Road when James Perch tapped home from close range, but Charlie Austin converted a second-half penalty to take the game into extra time.

Austin netted his second goal of the contest in the sixth minute of added-on time to send QPR to Wembley.

"It's been a fantastic night," Redknapp is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News. "They started well. I thought for 20 minutes they came out and we had problems with their system.

"We wanted to put pressure on but we couldn't get out, we didn't have an out ball. Then we went with two up front and I think the game changed then. From then on, I thought we were the better team.

"All round it was a great performance. We showed a lot of character, great character. Everybody dug in."

QPR will face Derby County in the final later this month, with a place in the Premier League up for grabs.


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Charlie Austin of Queens Park Rangers scores QPR's 2nd goal in extra time during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road on May 12, 2014
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2Leeds UnitedLeeds21126335181742
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd21114634241037
4Derby CountyDerby2111463124737
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom21106544301436
6Middlesbrough219932314936
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest21810332221034
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11Blackburn RoversBlackburn217952731-430
12Swansea CitySwansea218582523229
13Bristol City218582524129
14Queens Park RangersQPR218492531-628
15Preston North EndPreston216783235-325
16Wigan AthleticWigan2174102329-625
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds216692738-1124
18Brentford215793332122
19Hull City2156102130-921
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham214982132-1121
21Millwall2147102635-919
22Reading2146112634-818
23Bolton WanderersBolton2146111529-1418
24Ipswich TownIpswich2118121737-2011

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