Derby County was eliminated from the tournament after Reading’s impressive win over Swansea.
The Rams have opposed it since they lost 21 points to financial mismanagement during former owner Mel Morris’ tenure.
Wayne Rooney’s side demanded an away win at Queens Park Rangers to maintain their championship spot, but Luke Amos’ 88th-minute strike ensured they would leave Loftus Road empty-handed.
Derby still had a chance to survive at the time. However, after trailing 4-1 against Swansea, Reading rallied to secure a sensational point at Select Car Leasing Stadium. With Academy graduate Tom McIntyre scoring the equalizer four minutes into extra time, just three days after scoring an injury-time goal against Sheffield United.
Totally gutted with today’s result. Proud of all the players and staff, incredible effort from everyone. Thanks to all of our fans for the amazing support during some tough times. We hope to start rebuilding as soon as possible. 🐏🤍🖤 #dcfc Tweet embed pic.twitter.com/iTf4kBVYFu
– Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) April 18 2022
Barnsley and Peterborough are still fighting for survival at the moment, but it will take an amazing turn of events for them to avoid dropping at the expense of Reading, who have shown tremendous character and drive in recent weeks to capture important points.
Derby joined League One despite winning 13 and drawing 13 more this season – a record that would have seen relegation easily avoided had it not been for the massive points penalty.