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Wayne Rooney's future plans, Erik Alonso message and emotional Derby County hero

The Derby County headlines from DerbyshireLive

Wayne Rooney looked back on a "crazy game" and said Derby County must now move forwards.

The Rams drew 3-3 with Sheffield Wednesday in a dramatic clash to secure their Championship status for next season.

At one stage, with Derby losing and Rotherham winning at Cardiff, it appeared the Rams were heading for relegation and League One.

But Martyn Waghorn converted a penalty to make it 3-3 just as Cardiff equalised against Rotherham.

It all means Derby survive while Rotherham, Wednesday and Wycombe Wanderers are relegated.

There was relief for Rooney and the players, and a determination from the manager to make sure Derby are moving in the right direction next season.

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EMOTIONAL HERO

It was far from straightforward in the end but Martyn Waghorn had a feeling this would be Derby County's day.

Waghorn scored twice as the Rams drew 3-3 with Sheffield Wednesday in their final match of the season at Pride Park Stadium.

Thanks to a late Cardiff City equaliser against Rotherham, that was enough to see Derby safe from relegation.

While Wayne Rooney's men survived in dramatic style, Rotherham, Wednesday and Wycombe Wanderers all go down to League One.

Derby had to twice come from behind and with Rotherham leading for much of their game, even a draw was not enough to save them at that stage.

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Waghorn made it 1-1 with a header early in the second half and then emphatically converted from the penalty spot to make it three apiece in the 78th minute.

He was substituted in the closing stages and spent the final minutes prowling the touchline and barking instructions to his team-mates.

The tears flowed at the final whistle and an emotional Waghorn gave his reaction to a roller coaster season finale moments later.

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SCATHING VERDICT

Nottingham Forest Under-23s coach Andy Reid launched a scathing verdict on Derby County following the Rams' narrow escape from relegation.

Reid said he was "embarrassed" by the Derby celebrations after Saturday's 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Pride Park Stadium, which retained their Championship status in dramatic circumstances.

The former Forest player also claimed that the Rams deserved to go down and had only stayed up "by default".

Derby managed only one win in their final 15 outings and had lost six in a row before the Wednesday match.

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ALONSO'S MESSAGE

Erik Alonso has sent a message of congratulations to Derby County following their dramatic escape from relegation.

The Rams drew 3-3 with Sheffield Wednesday at Pride Park Stadium in their final game of the season.

That result proved enough to keep Wayne Rooney's side in the Championship after Rotherham United could only draw 1-1 at Cardiff City.

It meant that Rotherham and Wednesday joined Wycombe Wanderers in going down to League One.

Prospective new Rams owner Alonso was keeping a close eye on proceedings throughout.

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PLAYER RATINGS

Derby County avoided relegation in dramatic fashion in a 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Pride Park Stadium.

The Rams trailed to Sam Hutchinson's goal before Martyn Waghorn and Patrick Roberts put them 2-1 up.

Back came Wednesday to score twice through Callum Paterson and Julian Borner and lead 3-2.

With Rotherham United ahead at Cardiff, Derby were down at that stage but Waghorn equalised from the penalty spot at the same time as Cardiff equalised.

The final whistle went and it means Derby stay up while Wednesday, Rotherham and Wycombe Wanderers go down.

HERE'S how the Derby players rated ...

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