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May 12, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Loftus Road
QPRQueens Park Rangers
2-1
WiganWigan Athletic
Austin (73' pen., 96')
Barton (58'), O'Neil (61'), Kranjcar (64')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Perch (9')
McClean (23')

Result: Charlie Austin brace sends Queens Park Rangers into Championship playoff final

Queens Park Rangers come from behind to beat Wigan Athletic in extra time and reach the final of the Championship playoffs.

Queens Park Rangers came from behind to beat Wigan Athletic in extra time at Loftus Road, sealing a place in the Championship playoff final.

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© Getty Images

Scott Carson had to make an early save for the Latics, clearing from a third-minute corner before Kevin Doyle fired over.

The visitors were ahead inside the opening 10 minutes though as James McClean sent in a low cross for James Perch, who just had to tap in from close range.

James Perch of Wigan celebrates scoring the 1st goal 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© Getty Images

Perch tried to set up a second goal later in the first half, but Shaun Maloney could not squeeze the ball in from his cross.

QPR were on the attack early in the second half as they tried to get back on level terms, but a curling effort from Junior Hoilett crept just wide.

Wigan wanted a penalty just after the hour mark when Callum McManaman went down under a challenge from Joey Barton in the area, but the referee judged it to be a fair challenge.

Just five minutes later, the Hoops were awarded a spot kick of their own down the other end when a mistimed challenge from Gary Caldwell brought down Hoilett, allowing Charlie Austin to level from the spot.

Wigan brought Martyn Waghorn off the bench in a bid to restore their lead, but his first shot of the night went straight into the hands of Robert Green.

Carson was kept busy in the closing minutes of the regulation 90 minutes, with Bobby Zamora looking for the winner for QPR, but the Wigan keeper did enough to send the game into extra time.

QPR took the lead for the first time in the two legs of this tie just six minutes into the additional period when Zamora played the ball in for Austin, who quickly unleashed a powerful strike to claim his second of the day.

The striker had a chance to wrap up his hat-trick at the start of the second half of extra time as he tried to volley the ball in from outside the box, but Carson was able to tip the ball over.

Wigan piled forward in the final minutes of the match as they desperately sought an equaliser, but could not find the back of the net.

QPR will face Derby County in the final at Wembley for a place in the Premier League later this month.

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1Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd128132113825
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1273231171424
3Leeds UnitedLeeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest124711713419
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds125431918119
7Brentford124622014618
8Derby CountyDerby125341513218
9Norwich CityNorwich125341515018
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn124621415-118
11Swansea CitySwansea12453129317
12Wigan AthleticWigan125251416-217
13Bristol City124441614216
14Stoke CityStoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton WanderersBolton124351015-515
17Birmingham CityBirmingham122821312114
18Queens Park RangersQPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston North EndPreston122371824-69
23Ipswich TownIpswich121651118-79
24Hull City122281019-98

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