Warnock job done but FA to decide QPR fate

QPR manager Neil Warnock is in bullish mood ahead of the Football Association hearing which could wreck his side’s promotion party.

Rangers’ 2-0 win at Watford on Saturday gave them an unassailable lead at the top of the npower Championship.

However, they must answer seven FA charges at a hearing tomorrow relating to the registration of Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Faurlin, and if found guilty could face a points deduction.

Goals from Adel Taarabt and former Watford forward Tommy Smith gave QPR victory at Vicarage Road and Warnock is confident they will prevail in their off-field dispute as well, although he admitted reports of a 15-point deduction had affected morale.

“When I looked at the coverage it destroyed us, the place was like a morgue,” he said.

“We’re all guessing, we have to wait until Friday. I’m happy with what my barrister has told me. I was brought in to win promotion and that’s what I’ve done.”

QPR’s elevation to the top flight was secured on the same day as Sheffield United and Scunthorpe dropped into League One.

The Blades have endured a torrid season and Warnock’s former club’s relegation was confirmed following a 2-2 draw at home to Barnsley, where they led for much of the game after Matt Lowton and Lee Williamson’s goals cancelled out Danny Haynes’ early opener for the Tykes.

United boss Micky Adams is hoping the club, who have had three permanent managers over the course of the season, stick by him as he aims to lead them back to the second tier.

“Today is a low point, devastating, but I want to be the manager that brings the club back this time next season to the Championship,” he said.

Scunthorpe are down after a 5-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest, who virtually assured themselves of a place in the play-offs with the win at the City Ground.

Two goals apiece from Kris Boyd and Luke Chambers along with a Paul Anderson strike condemned the Iron to the drop, and their manager Alan Knill echoed Adams’ sentiments when he said:

“I would hope we can make changes and myself and the board see the same picture — it’s a long-term project.”

The two prime contenders to join Warnock’s QPR in being automatically promoted to the Premier League are in action tomorrow, with second-placed Norwich taking on Portsmouth after Cardiff, currently in third place, play Middlesbrough.

Elsewhere, Swansea won 2-0 at Millwall, while Reading assured themselves of a play-off place with a goalless draw at Coventry.


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