sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Loftus Road
  • Attendance: 17,782
QPRQPRvWest BromWest Brom
1
  • Cissé, 68
2
  • Brunt, 29
  • Green, og 49

live commentary

90 mins:FULL TIME: QPR 1-2 WEST BROM.

90 mins:Mbia's header inside the box appears to hit the arm of Ridgewell. QPR appeal for a penalty but the referee waves play on. The home side certainly had a case and they are not going to be happy with Chris Foy at the final whistle.

89 mins:Hill rises to meet Taarabt's corner and his header is spectacularly saved on the line by Foster. What a save and so close to a QPR equaliser!

88 mins:QPR are struggling to create chances as we approach the closing stages of the game, with the visitors defending very well.

86 mins:Defensive change for West Brom as Gabriel Tamas comes on for Morrison.

85 mins:Mulumbu lashes a shot into the back of the net but it is ruled out for offside. Good decision from the linesman.

84 mins:The first booking of the game is awarded to Mbia for a foul on Long.

83 mins:Mackie does well to shake off a defender and gets a cross into the box, but Hoilett is his only option. QPR need to get more men forward.

80 mins:The QPR pressure has died down now. They need to find some momentum if they are to get another goal because West Brom are beginning to dictate the game again.

78 mins:Long has only been on the pitch two minutes and has barely been involved, but seems to be struggling with a knee injury. Not what Steve Clarke wants to see.

76 mins:Lukaku comes off for Long.

74 mins:Shane Long will be brought on shortly for the Baggies, who are already trying to run the clock down by taking their time over dead ball situations.

72 mins:Can QPR turn this tie around? The atmosphere has lifted around Loftus Road and they finally look up for this!

70 mins:Rangers are right back in this and almost equalise immediately as Mackie runs at the defence and his low shot is saved by Foster. We have a game on our hands now!

68 mins:GOAL! QPR 1-2 WEST BROM: Diakite plays a fine through ball through the Baggies defence for CISSE who lifts a shot over Foster and into the back of the net.

66 mins:Chance at the other end as Lukaku springs the offside trap and bursts into the left side of the box, but can't beat Green at his near post from a difficult angle.

66 mins:Hoilett links up with Taarabt down the left and cuts the ball back to the edge of the box, but fails to find a team-mate.

64 mins:Faurlin makes way for Samba Diakite.

64 mins:Fabio comes off for Junior Hoilett.

62 mins:Redknapp is lining up a double change for QPR.

60 mins:Ambitious attempt from Fabio from 25-yards and he slices his shot wide of the target. The QPR fans are not happy with what they are seeing.

58 mins:Morrison plays through Lukaku inside the box and it is a real chance for the striker, but his first touch lets him down and he is closed down by Green as he gets his shot away.

55 mins:West Brom are still seeing more of the ball and there is not much hunger or desire being shown by QPR. Redknapp will surely make changes before long.

53 mins:Harry Redknapp will certainly question that goal after the match but in terms of the result, QPR have certainly been second best so far.

50 mins:GOAL! QPR 0-2 WEST BROM: Rangers can't believe it. A Baggies corner is headed into the air by a defender and GREEN palms it into his own net. There looks to be a foul on the keeper but the referee awards the goal!

48 mins:Awful from Mbia! Taarabt's out-swinging corner finds him wide open eight-yards out but his header goes straight back out to the Moroccan!

47 mins:West Brom make a decent start and Lukaku pokes a shot at goal, but it lacks enough power to trouble the keeper.

46 mins:The second-half is underway at Loftus Road.

45 mins:HALF TIME: QPR 0-1 WEST BROM.

45 mins:It is far too easy again for Morrison and he should punish QPR! Ferdinand lets him through on the edge of the box and he just flashes a shot wide. The visitors should be two goals up.

45 mins:QPR are all over the place at the back and Morrison tries to make the most of the opportunity. He lays off Zoltan Gera on the edge of the box but he bends his shot wide.

44 mins:Taarabt puts a corner deep into the box and Clint Hill attacks it but can only steer his header wide of the far post.

43 mins:Mulumbu floats a cross into the box but it is too high for Lukaku. The on-loan Chelsea striker has not had much service in the first-half.

41 mins:Faurlin walks gingerly back onto the pitch after receiving treatment. Maybe he will be able to run the injury off.

39 mins:Alejandro Faurlin looks in some pain and Harry Redknapp may be forced into an early change here.

37 mins:Taarabt shows good technique to get the free-kick up and over the wall, but it is marginally wide of Foster's right-hand post. For a moment it looked like the ball was heading for the top corner!

36 mins:Taarabt runs at the West Brom defence and lays off Cisse who is fouled as he tries to shoot. QPR have a free-kick in a very dangerous position now.

35 mins:Goran Popov has picked up a knock and is forced off. Liam Ridgewell takes his place.

33 mins:The game is much more open since Brunt's goal. Mbia almost equalises for the home side as his powerful effort from 18-yards forces a fingertip save out of Ben Foster.

31 mins:That goal has silenced the home crowd and Morrison searches out a second goal in quick succession, but his shot dips over the crossbar.

29 mins:GOAL! QPR 0-1 WEST BROM: What a goal! The Baggies build an attack from the defence and BRUNT is allowed space to shoot from 30-yards, drilling the ball past Green and into the bottom corner.

26 mins:QPR have created the better chances so far but who will find the opener? It has been a slow start at Loftus Road.

23 mins:Shaun Wright-Phillips breezes past Billy Jones down the left wing and bursts into the box before picking out Jamie Mackie in the goalmouth, but his glancing header flies wide.

21 mins:Youssuf Mulumbu gets a shot away from 25-yards but is off balance as he hits it and the ball sails high and wide of the target.

19 mins:Break in play as Anton Ferdinand receives treatment for an injury. The Rs defender should be able to continue.

17 mins:Both sides are giving away possession far too easily and it seems like QPR have not strung more than three passes together for quite some time!

15 mins:West Brom have lost just one of their last four visits to QPR but, incidentally, have not won in their last 11 league visits to London.

12 mins:Taarabt floats in a QPR corner and this too is cleared by the first man. The game is just lacking a bit of quality to separate the sides.

10 mins:Chris Brunt's corner is headed away at the near post but the midfielder keeps the move alive with another cross. Lukaku is penalised for a foul on Rob Green - strange decision from the referee.

8 mins:West Brom need to keep an eye on Taarabt. He receives the ball again in the final third and is this time caught late by a Baggies defender. Taarabt takes the resulting free-kick but it is headed away.

6 mins:Taarabt looks lively for the home side. He is picked out by a neat flick from Djbril Cisse but can only fire wide from the corner of the penalty area.

4 mins:James Morrison tries his luck from outside the box but screws his shot harmlessly wide.

2 mins:Adel Taarabt twists and turns on the edge of the West Brom box but can't find a way through. He instead lays off Stephane Mbia who fires just wide of the near post from 18-yards.

1 mins:Referee Chris Foy gets the game underway.

Kick-off delayed until 3:15pm after the West Brom coach was delayed by traffic on the way to Loftus Road.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Loftus Road
  • Attendance: 17,782
QPRQPRvWest BromWest Brom
1
  • Cissé, 68
2
  • Brunt, 29
  • Green, og 49

match report

West Brom kept pace with the top four on Boxing Day thanks a 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers, who slumped back to the foot of the table.

Chris Brunt's fine first-half strike put the Baggies in front before a contentious second, which saw Robert Green fumble the ball into his own net, doubled their lead.

Djibril Cisse pulled one back for the hosts, who threw everything forward in the closing stages, but there was to be no festive cheer for the locals who made it to Loftus Road for a fixture which started late due to travel disruption in the capital.

QPR looked the more likely of the two sides to score early on, but it was the Baggies fans who were celebrating just before the half hour when Brunt put the visitors ahead.

The midfielder picked the ball up from Marc-Antoine Fortune and, after allowing it to drift across his body, unleashed a 25-yard drive that sailed into the bottom right-hand corner of Green's goal.

James Morrison almost made it 2-0 seconds later with a clever volley, but the home side regained their composure and went close through Stephane Mbia and Adel Taarabt.

After the break the story remained the same. Romelu Lukaku found space in the box, but could only prod weakly at Green and Anton Ferdinand almost turned Billy Jones' cross in to his own net.

Mbia summed up the lack of quality in front of goal for QPR when he wriggled free from his marker to meet Taarabt's corner, but his header flew straight back at the Moroccan, rather than at goal.

The home fans were then outraged as West Brom doubled their lead in controversial circumstances on 49 minutes.

Traore attempted to clear Brunt's corner but instead his header looped back towards his own goal. Green attempted to collect the ball but he was impeded by Fortune, who leaned in to the stopper, causing him to drop the ball into his own net.

The away fans ironically chanted Green's name as the Rangers players demanded Fortune be penalised for the foul, but referee Chris Foy shook his head and the goal stood.

Albion took their foot off the accelerator after that and paid the price in the 69th minute when Cisse latched on to Mbia's slide-rule pass and lifted the ball over the advancing Ben Foster.

QPR threw everything at the away goal looking for an equaliser, but they struggled to test Foster.

team line-up

1Robert Green
6Clint Hill
5Anton Ferdinand
20Fabio64
3Armand Traore
40Stéphane Mbia
12Jamie Mackie
32Alejandro Faurlin64
11Shaun Wright-Phillips
10Adel Taarabt
9Djibril Cissé

substitutes

4Shaun Derry
28Max Ehmer
33Julio César
18Kieron Dyer
2Samba Diakité64
23Junior Hoilett64
14Esteban Granero

referee

Chris Foy

team line-up

1Ben Foster
28Billy Jones
4Goran Popov35
23Gareth McAuley
3Jonas Olsson
21Youssuf Mulumbu
32Marc-Antoine Fortuné
7James Morrison86
11Chris Brunt
22Zoltán Gera
20Romelu Lukaku76

substitutes

24Peter Odemwingie
30Gabriel Tamas86
6Liam Ridgewell35
9Shane Long76
17Graham Dorrans
8Markus Rosenberg
13Boaz Myhill

referee

Chris Foy

match stats

possession %4950
shots on target54
shots off target127
corners149
tackles won1423
offsides23