QPR win Crewe thriller
By Chris Stanton. Last Updated: 31/12/05 6:55pm
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.
Sky Bet Championship
Sat 31st Dec
Leeds2 - 0Hull City
Watford1 - 2C Palace
Preston3 - 1Coventry
Burnley1 - 2Sheff Wed
Brighton1 - 2Millwall
Cardiff2 - 1Southampton
Ipswich1 - 0Luton Town
Sheff Utd2 - 1Stoke City
Crewe3 - 4QPR
Leicester0 - 1Norwich
Wolves1 - 1Plymouth
Derby2 - 2Reading
Sky Bet Championship
|4||Queens Park Rangers||42||73|
|7||Brighton and Hove Albion||42||64|