Playing with 10 men for the final half hour, Bobby Zamora still managed to put Harry Redknapp's QPR back in the Premier League and with a 90th minute goal scored with his side's first shot on target for the match to beat Derby County 1-0 in the Championship playoff final. With that goal Zamora, who entered the match shortly before teammate Gary O'Neil was sent off, earned an estimated £120 million for the promoted club that is reportedly £177 million in debt after getting relegated from the Premier League last season with a wage bill higher than Atletico Madrid's.
For Derby, to lose in this manner was absolutely devastating. When the full-time whistle blew, many of the players were in tears. Meanwhile, QPR's Joey Barton carried owner Tony Fernandes around on his shoulders.
So along with Leicester City and Burnley, the overspending butt of the Premier League's jokes last season will return for more hijinx. Redknapp and his TV interviews through his car window are back. Joey Barton's brand of contemplative thuggery is back. And now the countdown to QPR getting themselves relegated again begins.
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