QPR came from behind to defeat Wigan and book a place in the Championship play-off final against Derby on 24 May.

Charlie Austin's goal in the first period of extra-time sent Harry Redknapp's side to Wembley, where they will be one game away from an immediate return to the Premier League.

Wigan had taken a first-half lead through James Perch, who found the net from close range.

But Austin levelled from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute before his close-range finish in extra-time sealed victory.

That was the striker's 19th strike of the season in Rangers colours following his £4m move from Burnley in August - and one that could be worth millions if Rangers do end up winning promotion.

However, they will have to overcome an in-form Derby side, who finished third in the league and won their semi-final with a 6-2 aggregate score over Brighton.

Friends reunited

  • Steve McClaren was a member of the QPR coaching staff before leaving to take over at Derby in late September

After the cagey first leg of this semi-final finished goalless, the tie was evenly poised heading into the return at Loftus Road.

But after an early chance for QPR from Gary O'Neil's half-volley from the angle of the area, it was Wigan who scored first and stunned Loftus Road into silence.

Referee Mark Clattenburg played an intelligent advantage in the build-up and James McClean's whipped cross was tapped home by Perch from three yards after he nipped in front of Clint Hill.

Wigan were in the ascendancy but Rangers boss Redknapp pushed Kevin Doyle up front alongside Austin and the home team found their feet and came back into the match.

The recalled Niko Kranjcar was at the heart of things and forced a fine one-handed save out of Scott Carson after a decent spin and drive from 20 yards.

Wigan were lucky to hold on to their lead when Austin's header from Joey Barton's corner was cleared off the line by McClean before hitting Nedum Onuoha in the face and flying behind.

The away side just about held on for half-time in what was a full-blooded 45 minutes of football that saw O'Neil lose a tooth after an accidental collision.

Kranjcar continued to probe the Wigan goal after the restart, this time seeing a fierce volley from 20 yards charged down by Shaun Maloney, while Junior Hoilett was next to test Carson with a teasing cross-cum-shot.

QPR fans celebrate their team's victory

QPR fans celebrated their team's victory with a pitch invasion in the London rain

As QPR pressed forward, they left space at the back and McClean almost made them pay.

He found himself one-on-one and with a brilliant chance to double Wigan's lead but his effort was saved by Rob Green with his rebound hitting a post and bouncing behind.

It was a huge let off for Redknapp, whose side were handed a lifeline with just under 20 minutes left.

Gary Caldwell brought down Hoilett just inside the box and Clattenburg pointed to the spot. Austin kept his cool and sent Carson the wrong way to level for Rangers and ease the nervousness around Loftus Road.

Both sides pushed for the winner, with QPR shading the chances, but the tie headed into extra time.

Rangers needed just six minutes to get themselves in front, Austin superbly diverting Bobby Zamora's ball past Carson to give them a vital lead.

Rob Kiernan's late deflected strike almost sent the tie into penalties but Rangers held on to seal their place at Wembley as their fans invaded the pitch in celebration.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "The suit is soaked, but it was worth it, it was a good night and you have to enjoy it. We've now got a final to look forward to.

"It will be great for the owners and fans and players and that is all the matters to me. I would love to see them back in the Premier League.

"The fans drove us on, the players drove us on and it was an excellent performance. We kept going, they competed with their lives.

"Steve McClaren is an excellent coach and Derby are a sharp, bright team.

"There is not much between us and Derby. That will be another difficult match."

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler: "We gave it all. The players squeezed every little drop they had.

"The squad of players have been tremendous. We started with players who ordinarily would not have started.

"We started well, we took a massive gamble with James McArthur but he had to go off.

"Before they scored we had some good chances and in extra time I thought we were the better side and we were unfortunate not to get to penalties."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 06 Hill (Yun Suk-young - 50' )
  • 17 Barton Booked
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 05 Dunne
  • 14 Doyle (Zamora - 65' )
  • 36 O'Neil Booked (Morrison - 69' )
  • 19 Kranjcar Booked
  • 09 Austin
  • 23 Hoilett

Substitutes

  • 04 Morrison
  • 13 Yun Suk-young
  • 18 Hughes
  • 20 Henry
  • 25 Zamora
  • 26 Murphy
  • 35 Benayoun

Wigan Athletic

  • 01 Carson
  • 24 Perch
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 30 Kiernan
  • 05 Caldwell (Barnett - 74' )
  • 17 Boyce
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 16 McArthur (Espinoza - 36' )
  • 11 McClean Booked
  • 15 McManaman (Waghorn - 71' )
  • 10 Maloney

Substitutes

  • 03 Crainey
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 25 Barnett
  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 29 Maynard
  • 33 Waghorn
  • 34 Collison
Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Att: 17,061

Match Stats

Shots

22 14

On target

6 4

Corners

13 7

Fouls

20 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Wigan Athletic 1.

120:00 +2:02

Second Half Extra Time ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Wigan Athletic 1.

120:00 +1:57

Attempt blocked. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross.

120:00 +1:40

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

120:00 +1:26

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Robert Green.

120:00 +0:41

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

120:00 +0:36

Attempt blocked. Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

119:32

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Niko Kranjcar tries a through ball, but Ravel Morrison is caught offside.

118:49

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

118:49

Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

117:55

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

117:55

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

116:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

115:48

Delay in match Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

113:43

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

113:43

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

112:59

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Perch.

112:18

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Shaun Maloney.

111:21

Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

111:21

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

110:57

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Yun Suk-Young.

110:43

Foul by Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers).

110:43

Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

108:14

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

108:14

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

107:37

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

107:37

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

106:28

Attempt missed. Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross following a corner.

105:41

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Scott Carson.

105:33

Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

105:00

Second Half Extra Time begins Queens Park Rangers 2, Wigan Athletic 1.

106:50

First Half Extra Time ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Wigan Athletic 1.

105:54

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Yun Suk-Young.

101:45

Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

101:45

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

100:33

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

100:33

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

98:46

Attempt missed. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordi Gómez following a set piece situation.

98:20

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

98:20

Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

96:57

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

96:57

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

95:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Wigan Athletic 1. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bobby Zamora with a through ball.

95:03

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

94:10

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

94:10

Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

92:16

Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

92:16

Foul by Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic).

91:33

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

91:33

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00

First Half Extra Time begins Queens Park Rangers 1, Wigan Athletic 1.

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Wigan Athletic 1.

90:00 +1:49

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:49

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +1:36

Attempt blocked. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:42

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

90:00 +0:42

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:13

Attempt blocked. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

84:08

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Joey Barton tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.

84:07

Attempt saved. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

81:51

Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:51

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

80:57

Attempt missed. Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Richard Dunne.

80:23

Attempt missed. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joey Barton.

79:30

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Yun Suk-Young.

78:49

Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

78:20

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Junior Hoilett.

75:38

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

74:50

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

74:50

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Leon Barnett replaces Gary Caldwell because of an injury.

72:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Wigan Athletic 1. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

71:30

Penalty Queens Park Rangers. Junior Hoilett draws a foul in the penalty area.

71:30

Penalty conceded by Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

70:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Martyn Waghorn replaces Callum McManaman.

69:13

Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joey Barton.

68:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ravel Morrison replaces Gary O'Neil.

67:56

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

67:54

Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roger Espinoza.

65:01

Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joey Barton.

64:09

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bobby Zamora replaces Kevin Doyle.

63:27 Booking

Booking Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:10

Delay in match James McClean (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

62:59

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

62:59

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:49 Booking

Booking Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:45

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

60:45

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:23 Booking

Booking Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:19

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

57:19

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:12

Attempt blocked. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:24

Attempt missed. Kevin Doyle (Queens Park Rangers) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Richard Dunne following a corner.

56:23

Attempt missed. Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross following a corner.

55:59

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Gary Caldwell.

54:47

Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

50:56

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roger Espinoza.

50:29

Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

50:29

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Yun Suk-Young replaces Clint Hill.

48:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

47:45

Delay in match James Perch (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

46:56

Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:33

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jean Beausejour.

45:54

Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

45:32

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Gary Caldwell.

45:00

Second Half begins Queens Park Rangers 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

45:00 +7:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

45:00 +6:38

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +6:38

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

45:00 +5:09

Attempt missed. Kevin Doyle (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Austin.

45:00 +4:10

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

45:00 +3:50

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

45:00 +3:50

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +2:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

44:40

Delay in match Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

42:29

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross following a corner.

42:19

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Robert Kiernan.

38:07

Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross.

37:44

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Gary Caldwell.

36:09

Attempt missed. Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

35:57

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Doyle with a cross.

35:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza replaces James McArthur because of an injury.

34:35

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

34:35

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:54

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Scott Carson.

32:52

Attempt saved. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Clint Hill with a headed pass.

32:16

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

31:45

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

28:47

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

28:47

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

24:28

Delay in match Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

23:58

Attempt saved. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Perch with a cross.

22:46 Booking

Booking James McClean (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

22:44

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) has gone down, but that's a dive.

20:26

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

19:06

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jean Beausejour.

15:11

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

15:11

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:37

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jean Beausejour.

12:39

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:39

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

11:42

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

11:42

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, Wigan Athletic 1. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

7:24

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

7:24

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:35

Attempt missed. Kevin Doyle (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

1:36

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jean Beausejour.

1:03

Hand ball by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

0:24

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

0:24

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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