Derby County FC

Derby relegated to League One after dramatic Reading fightback

Toby Cudworth
Wayne Rooney's Derby have been unable to beat the drop
Wayne Rooney's Derby have been unable to beat the drop / Ryan Hiscott/GettyImages

Derby County have been relegated from the Championship after an astonishing Reading comeback against Swansea.

The Rams have been up against it ever since they were deducted 21 points for historical financial breaches under former owner Mel Morris.

Wayne Rooney's side needed a positive result away at QPR to have any chance of preserving their Championship status, but Luke Amos' 88th minute goal ensured they would walk away from Loftus Road empty handed.

At that point, Derby were still with a chance of surviving. But after trailing 4-1 against Swansea, Paul Ince's Reading fought back in sensational fashion to earn a dramatic point at the Select Car Leasing Stadium; academy graduate Tom McIntyre bagging an equaliser four minutes into added time, just three days after scoring a stoppage time winner at Sheffield United.

Barnsley and Peterborough live to fight another day for now, but it will take an extraordinary turn of events to see them avoid the drop at the expense of Reading - who have shown great spirit and determination to pick up valuable points in recent weeks.

Derby head into League One despite picking up 13 wins and 13 draws this season - a record that would have seen them comfortably avoid the drop had they not been hit with that mammoth points deduction.