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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 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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