Danny Simpson says QPR's win over Wigan was just reward for chairman Tony Fernandes
QPR right-back Danny Simpson says Monday's play-off win over Wigan was for chairman Tony Fernandes.
Last Updated: 13/05/14 4:33pm
Rangers came from 1-0 down to beat the Latics 2-1 after extra-time in the second leg of their semi-final thanks to a double from Charlie Austin and will now face Derby at Wembley on 24 May, with a place in the Premier League at stake.
The London side have a large wage bill and are heavily in debt, so a return to the top flight would prove particularly welcome.
And Fernandes celebrated Monday's win vociferously, dancing with delight in the directors' box and moving onto the pitch later on to celebrate with the fans.
And Simpson said of the chairman: "He was buzzing.
"He has put a lot of faith in us, trust in us, and is always supporting us. That win was for him, he has been top class.
"Hopefully we can go one extra step for him and get him back in the Premier League, because he is a top man.
"I have not had much interaction with chairmen over the years but he gets involved with the lads. We want to put a smile on his face again at Wembley."
Derby are sure to prove tricky opponents in the final, having hammered Brighton 6-2 on aggregate in their semi, and Simpson added: "It's going to be a tough game.
"But, if we can show that team spirit, desire and work rate, it's going to be a special day.
"This was the toughest fixture of the two semis and we got through it. The lads put in such hard work over the two games.
"We proved over those two games that every one of us wants to get back in the Premier League.
"Even when they went 1-0 up, we were on top. Sometimes your head can go down but that lifted us. We got stronger and stronger."