• Queens Park Rangers win 2-1 on agg
Queens Park Rangers' season was over with 20 minutes of normal time remaining but the night ended with Tony Fernandes' name reverberating round Loftus Road and supporters pouring on to the pitch.
Rangers, dead and buried at one point during a pulsating play-off second leg, came from behind to deny Wigan Athletic Athletic another day out at Wembley and secure their place in the lucrative Championship decider against Derby County County a week on Saturday. The mood turned from despondency to delight following a frantic late surge by Harry Redknapp's side, who are in with a shot at Premier League redemption at the first time of asking.
Fernandes, the QPR owner, was dancing in the stands after Charlie Austin scored his second of the night in the sixth minute of extra-time. His relief was clear, following a somewhat disappointing campaign given the significant money spent on the playing squad. Austin had nipped in front of his marker to poke the ball past Scott Carson, adding to his earlier penalty and in the process overturning James Perch's opener.
Redknapp said: "It was always going to be a tight game, a tough night. I thought we showed fantastic character. We've got a final to look forward to now. It was an excellent performance. Charlie has been very important to us. I'm looking forward to going back there [to Wembley], for the owners, for the fans, it will be great. That's what matters."
QPR, who will be reunited with the Derby manager, Steve McClaren, who was employed as a coach by the club earlier in the season, started poorly and by the time they had found their rhythm Wigan were in front. Uwe Rösler's side scored in the ninth minute, Perch steering in from close range after the referee, Mark Clattenburg, played a good advantage. The move began with Rob Kiernan in defence and ended with James McClean delivering a dangerous cross from the left, making the finish from Perch simple, the midfielder escaping the challenge from Clint Hill and guiding the ball home.
Wigan then enjoyed a period of dominance and Rangers were fortunate not to be punished further when O'Neil, who lost a tooth in an earlier challenge, dawdled on the ball and played a short back pass to Rob Green that McClean touched away from the goalkeeper before tumbling to the turf. However, it was the most blatant of dives and the attacker was rightly booked.
Shaun Maloney had a shot well saved before QPR were shaken from their slumber, equalising through Austin's penalty on 73 minutes after Hoilett had jinked inside and been brought down rashly on the edge of the area by Gary Caldwell.
Rösler said: "We gave it all, the players squeezed out every little drop they had. They got the momentum that overpowered us. But we had some good chances, in extra-time we looked the stronger side."
QPR were in the ascendancy, with Bobby Zamora capitalising on some hesitant defending before lifting the ball on to the roof of the net in the dying minutes. In extra-time Austin struck to lift the roof off Loftus Road, following an excellent cross from Zamora, and send Rangers to Wembley for the first time in 28 years.