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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 5,687) 31st December 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Wright

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

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QPR win Crewe thriller

By Chris Stanton.   Last Updated: 31/12/05 6:55pm

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Queens Park Rangers sent Crewe Alexandra to the bottom of the Championship table after a thrilling 4-3 win at Gresty Road.

Ian Holloway's side came from 3-2 down at half time to claim all three points against The Railwaymen in a seven-goal contest on New Year's Eve.

It was Crewe's Eddie Johnson that had the first real chance of the match, striking a volleyed effort just wide of the QPR goal, while Shabazz Baidoo forced two good saves from Crewe goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.

Johnson then forced QPR custodian Simon Royce into a fine stop to his fierce strike after ten minutes, while Martin Rowlands struck an effort over the crossbar at the other end.

The Alex broke the deadlock on the quarter hour mark, as Johnson converted Gary Roberts's pass past Royce.

QPR's Richard Langley had two efforts in reply to the opening goal, while Royce was called on again to stop Steve Jones, as the action continued from end to end.

QPR then struck back with two goals in the space of two minutes, with Lee Cook levelling on 35 minutes before Baidoo gave QPR the lead two minutes later.

Luke Varney was forced to come on for the injured Johnson for Crewe and he restored parity on 39 minutes before Billy Jones made it 3-2 to the home side just before half time.

The second half saw Royce make a crucial save from Steve Jones to keep the scoreline down to one goal and that proved pivotal for the West Londoners, as Rowlands made it 3-3 on 57 minutes with a superb long-range effort.

That allowed Langley to claim QPR's winner with eight minutes remaining, as Dario Gradi's side now sit at the foot of the Championship table as a result.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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