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Derby County players celebrated with hundreds of fans outside Pride Park after the club avoided relegation to League One following an action-packed 3-3 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.
It was a dramatic final day of the season for Wayne Rooney's side, who needed results to go their way on Saturday afternoon after losing six consecutive games in a row.
The Rams managed to churn out a point thanks to goals from Martyn Waghorn (2) and Patrick Roberts.
Meanwhile at the Cardiff City stadium, midfielder Marlon Pack equalised against Rotherham in the 88th minute to send The Millers down in heartbreaking fashion.
And breathe...- Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 8, 2021
Derby stay up at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday after a staggeringly dramatic 3-3 draw.
Watch the reaction on Sky Sports Football :tv: pic.twitter.com/kiFwM37AUs
After the final whistle, a number of Derby County players left Pride Park to celebrate with hundreds of supporters who congregated outside the stadium, with footage soon emerging online of the emotional scenes.
Derby fans and players celebrating them staying up :arrow_up:- The Second Tier (@secondtierpod) May 8, 2021
Waghorn, who was amongst the post-match celebrations, broke down in tears as the club's safety was confirmed.
Derby boss Wayne Rooney reflected on a quite remarkable afternoon after the final whistle.
"I'm very relieved and delighted for the players." he said. "That game is the story of our season but the important thing is we've stayed in the division.
"This season has been crazy and we need to sort out quickly what's going on.
"I'm very confident in my ability to get this club back where it belongs."
Derby County boss Wayne Rooney with big hugs all around after avoiding relegation! :clap: pic.twitter.com/mcRiWL6DP8- Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 8, 2021
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