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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 60
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 43 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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