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Niall Horan and Craig Bryson send brilliant Derby County messages after relegation drama

The Rams stayed up by a single point after a remarkable final day of the Championship season

Famous fans and club legends expressed their relief as Derby County narrowly avoided relegation on a dramatic final day of the Championship season.

The Rams stayed up by a single point thanks to a 3-3 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Pride Park Stadium on Saturday.

But that does not tell the whole story of a roller coaster afternoon of emotions, in which Derby looked like going down at various stages.

Rotherham led for much of their match at Cardiff City but conceded a late equaliser as their fate was sealed.

That Cardiff goal proved crucial for Derby, who twice came from behind to salvage a share of the spoils against the Owls.

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Had it not been for Martyn Waghorn's 78th-minute leveller from the penalty spot, Wednesday would have survived instead.

As it was, Wayne Rooney's side were able to celebrate while Wednesday, Rotherham and Wycome Wanderers were all relegated to League One.

Rams legend Craig Bryson summed it up with a tongue-in-cheek post on Twitter, which simply read: "Never in doubt."

Singer-songwriter Niall Horan of One Direction fame is also well known for his love of Derby County.

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Before the match, he tweeted: "Barely slept with nerves for @dcfcofficial. Wishing the whole club all the best today."

Afterwards, he said: "I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life. The most intense 90 mins ever.

"Well done to Derby, massive commiserations to @swfc as it’s never nice to see another great club suffer.

"Massive thank you to @CardiffCityFC for saving our a****."

Former Rams captain Michael Johnson said: "Scenes of absolute relief.

"Now is not the time to dissect the season. Yes we weren’t good enough, yes we were not clinical but the next few days are totally about a relief and a satisfaction that we stay up.

"The support of the fans was crucial in achieving Championship status."

Johnson also played for Wednesday, who are managed by another former Ram, Darren Moore.

"Happiness with a tinge of sadness for @swfc & the big man #DarrenMoore," added Johnson when asked how he was feeling.

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SWANSEA, WALES - MAY 01: Derby County manager Wayne Rooney walks on the touch line during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Derby County at the Liberty Stadium on May 01, 2021 in Swansea, Wales. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

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Another former Derby skipper, Shaun Barker tweeted: "What a crazy game, what a crazy season! Had to turn up in the 2nd half and the players did."

Ian Taylor, who also captained the Rams, posted an emoji of a smiling, relieved face after the words: "Derby stay up!"

But Taylor also had mixed feelings, having played for Wednesday as well.

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