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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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