The Irish Mail on Sunday


- Joe Bernstein

AGEING, written off, derided. It just had to be Bobby Zamora who scored the £134million goal that took QPR back into the Premier League and quite probably saved them from financial ruin.

Having been dominated by Steve McClaren’s youthful and energetic Derby County for 89 minutes and 50 seconds, rickety old QPR – with Ireland’s Richard Dunne excelling at the heart of their defence – needed one late glimpse of goal to separate the men from the boys.

Derby skipper Richard Keogh mistimed a clearance straight to the injury-prone Zamora and the 33year-old returned it in a flash into the top corner of the net.

Harry Redknapp was besieged on the touchline, owner Tony Fernandes looked as if he had escaped a heart attack. QPR were back in the promised land, despite playing the majority of the second half with only 10 players

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