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Wayne Rooney's Derby earn last-day reprieve as Sheffield Wednesday relegated


Wayne Rooney’s Derby County secured survival after a huge day of drama in the Championship.

The Rams played out a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw with drop rivals Sheffield Wednesday – a result that relegates the Owls.

Rotherham drew 1-1 at Cardiff meaning the Millers will also be playing in League One next term. Derby stay up on 44 points – a point clear of Wycombe, two of Rotherham and Wednesday finish bottom on 41.

It was Wednesday who led at the break thanks to Sam Hutchinson’s goal right at the end of the first half. It looked offside on TV replays but of course VAR is not in operation in the Championship.



Derby County players and staff celebrate survival

Derby came out of the traps after the restart with Martyn Waghorn and Patrick Roberts turning the game on its head.

Wednesday levelled through Callum Paterson and then went 3-2 up through Julian Borner but they couldn’t hold on. Waghorn’s penalty restored parity again and that, thanks to Cardiff’s equaliser against Rotherham, was enough to keep Rooney’s side in the second tier.

Lewis Wing’s wonder strike had Rotherham a goal up at half-time at Cardiff – meaning the Millers were safe.

But Paul Warne’s side couldn’t hold on as Marlon Pack’s equaliser sent them down. Wycombe, who needed to pull off a miraculous goal difference swing, have also been relegated after one season in the second tier.

But they did at least end on a high with an impressive 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.





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