Dunne nears final shot at Premier League action
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Dunne nears final shot at Premier League action

RICHARD Dunne has revealed his desire for QPR to return to the Premier League for what might be his final shot at top flight action.

The 34-year-old Irishman hailed his team’s performance against Wigan in their dramatic play-off semi-final victory on Monday, and he believes that another strong display in the final against Derby County will give QPR the chance to redeem their poor run in the latter stages of the season.

“We’ve let ourselves down in the full season and this is our second chance,” said Dunne.

“We want to be back in the Premier League and it’s so important to get to Wembley. It was a very tough tie and a great battle, we all wanted it so badly.

“It’s unfortunate for Wigan as they were brilliant on the night.”

Dunne’s former Ireland teammates Shay Given and Kevin Kilbane praised the defender’s contribution to the 2-1 victory after extra-time, over a Wigan side that included James McClean and Rob Kiernan.

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QPR manager Harry Redknapp also applauded his performance, especially after he returned to action after a year of injuries that ultimately ended his run at Aston Villa.

“Lots of players had been written off,” said Redknapp. “Richard hadn’t played for a year and we took a gamble on him.”

Play-off Final: QPR v Derby County, Wembley Stadium
3pm Saturday, 24 May