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Warnock hopes FA probe won't ruin QPR's promotion

sports Updated: May 01, 2011 01:49 IST

QPR manager Neil Warnock is keeping his fingers crossed that the FA hearing into allegations the club breached rules on third-party ownership doesn't cost his side promotion to the Premier League.

Warnock's side returned to the top-flight after a 15-year absence, and secured the Championship title in the process, thanks to a 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday.

Second half goals from Adel Taarabt and Tommy Smith at Vicarage Road sparked wild celebrations among QPR's players and travelling fans.

But QPR now face a nervous wait for the results of a disciplinary hearing due to be held next week.

A report in The Sun newspaper on Friday quoting an unnamed FA source said the club could be docked 15 points in connection with the signing of Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Faurlin.

A 15-point penalty would leave QPR having to secure promotion all over again via the play-offs.

Warnock was furious at the claims they would be punished with a points deduction and admitted his players were also affected, but he remains confident the ruling will allow his side to continue their celebrations.

"I just get on with winning games," Warnock said. "When I looked at the coverage it destroyed us, the place was like a morgue.

"We're all guessing, we have to wait until Friday. I'm happy with what my barrister has told me.

"I don't fear anything, I was brought in to win promotion and that's what I've done.

"You can do without it as a manager but you've got to get on with it. I'll be glad when it's over and then I can talk about it."

After taking over at QPR late last season, Warnock saved the team from relegation and he described the achievement of turning that group into promotion winners as the best of his long career.

"It's a wonderful feeling. I think it's the best job I've ever done," Warnock said.

"I've got other promotions but not in such a short space of time, in 13 months from battling relegation to winning the Championship."

At the other end of the table, Warnock's former club Sheffield United and Scunthorpe followed already-relegated Preston into League One.

United drew 2-2 with Barnsley and will play in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1989.

Blades boss Micky Adams, a boyhood fan of the club, admits his future is in doubt.

"I'm not Mystic Meg, I don't know," Adams said when asked whether he would remain in charge at Bramall Lane.

"I think there'll be a meeting of minds and I am sure that everything from top to bottom will be discussed.

"Today is a low point, devastating, but I want to be the manager that brings the club back this time next season to Championship."

Scunthorpe were thumped 5-1 at play-off hopefuls Nottingham Forest whose victory kept them three points above Leeds with a better goal difference in the race for the final spot.

Alan Knill, Scunthorpe's boss, said: "We virtually knew we were down last week because apart from the points it needed a 17-goal swing in goal difference.

"I've got 17 players in contract but there is imbalance in it. I have five centre halves and four right-backs and I just don't need that many.

"I would hope we can make changes and myself and the board see the same picture, it's a long-term project."

Swansea's 2-0 win at Millwall kept their play-off hopes on course but ended those of the home side.

Reading also remain in the play-offs after a 0-0 draw at Coventry but Leeds are just below following their 1-0 home win over Burnley thanks to Ross McCormack's goal.

Doncaster confirmed their Championship status with a 1-1 home draw against Leicester, while Palace will also survive after drawing 1-1 at Hull.

Preston's misery continued as they lost 2-1 at Ipswich, while Bristol City won 2-0 at Derby.