QPR 2 Wigan 1: Harry Redknapp admits he'll need a new suit after QPR reach Championship play-off final at Wembley
A Charlie Austin double saw Rangers book their place in the Championship play-off final in atrocious conditions at Loftus Road before Rangers manager gets a soaking
Tuesday 13 May 2014
Harry Redknapp will have to fork out for a new suit for Wembley but the QPR boss does not mind one bit.
Redknapp watched in the pouring west London rain as Rangers came from behind to sink Wigan 2-1 in extra-time of a dramatic Championship play-off semi-final.
"My suit's drenched but I don't care, it was worth it," he said. "I'll have to get myself down to Romford market."
Wigan were held 0-0 in the first leg yet took a shock ninth-minute lead when James Perch prodded in James McClean's cross.
But Rangers levelled in the 72nd minute when Junior Hoilett was fouled just inside the area by Gary Caldwell and Charlie Austin tucked in the penalty.
And Austin won it six minutes into extra time when he raced onto substitute Bobby Zamora's chip and fired home his 20th goal of the season.
Rangers are now just 90 minutes from a potential return to the Premier League and face Derby in a winner-takes-all showdown at Wembley at the end of the month.
"We wanted to put pressure on them but we couldn't, so we went two up front and I thought the game changed then," added Redknapp.
"I felt from then on we were the better team, we really went for it. Bobby Zamora came on and did magnificently, we showed a lot of character, it was a great performance.
"We've got a great game to look forward to now with Derby, they are a good side so it will be an interesting game.
"We can get excited now but then we'll come down to earth."
It meant Wigan's season came to an end after a marathon 61 matches, but manager Uwe Rosler denied a gruelling second leg at Loftus Road was one game too many.
"It's one game too less," he smiled.
"We gave it our all. The players squeezed out every drop they have. We started well and we got the goal but they got the momentum and overpowered us.
"But before they scored we had some good chances, and in extra time we were unfortunate not to equalise."
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