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26 December 2012
• Loftus Road Stadium, London
Referee: C. Foy
• Attendance: 17782
Queens Park Rangers
D. Cissé 68'
West Bromwich Albion
C. Brunt 29'
R. Green 50' (own goal)
That's all for today, folks. Apologies to QPR fans... Father Redknapp couldn't bring you your much-needed Christmas gift. But for Baggies fans, has life ever been better? Until next time, goodbye everyone!
QPR have moved back to the bottom of the table, while West Brom are provisionally back up to fifth.
Well, it's all over here at Loftus Road and, although QPR ran the last half an hour of the game, it's the visitors who head back to the Midlands with all three points. Based on the whole 90 minutes, they deserved it. But they were certainly run close in the closing stages.
90' + 6'
It's cleared and the misery is confirmed for the home side. The full-time whistle blows: QPR 1-2 West Brom!
90' + 5'
QPR have had THREE corners in a row here!
90' + 5'
They think it's all over...
90' + 4'
Chris Foy is checking his watch...
90' + 4'
ONE minute remains for the hosts to salvage something...
90' + 3'
Tamas blocks a Junior Hoillet shot in the area! The home side are a-knocking...
90' + 2'
Ridgewell was the 'handballer' in question. But had the home side kicked into gear earlier they would have had this game in the bag by half-time at this rate!
90' + 1'
FIVE minutes of added time and a penalty appeal to boot! The QPR fans roar in the stands as it looked as though they deserved a surefire penalty after a supposed West Brom handball. A corner instead, however.
It's official: it is all QPR at the moment. Can they grab a much-needed late equalizer?
CHANCE! Clint Hill comes mightily close as Foster produces a wonderful save to deny the veteran defender's header!
Corner for QPR...
The home side have the ball and are in the visitors' half.. but it is proving insufficient thus far. No shots, no killer passes and, so far, no equalizer for Redknapp's Rangers.
Gabriel Sebastian Tamaş
James Morrison makes way for Gabriel Tamas. Are you nervous West Brom fans? Minutes away from another impressive victory...
Incidentally, Djibril Cisse is without his infamous white beard today.
Yellow Card Stéphane M'Bia
That kind of thing won't help... a one-two goes hap-hazardly wrong from QPR as the second of the passes flies off for a West Brom throw.
West Brom score... but it is ruled offside.
The tackles are flying in from the home players - the fight is returning somewhat, but all they are getting in return are decisions being given against them.
Annoyingly for Redknapp's men, things have slowed down here and it'll suit the away side just fine as they look to hold out at 2-1 up.
While the scores roll in around the country, another reminder that we started 15 minutes late here so we won't be seeing a final score for a while yet.
The boos ring out from the home fans as the away side win another corner - their sixth of the game.
Clarke is now using the plethora of attacking options available to him as he sends on the club's top scorer this season, Shane Long.
Green calmly collects and distributes the ball after a West Brom attack, but how the England international must wish he had dealt with the corner for the second goal better...
One more goal could be so vital for QPR's season! The hosts now have the upper hand, but an end to end game has developed and the visitors will know they are dangerous enough to pose problems on the break.
Another chance for QPR! The belief is there, the decibels have risen. Mackie has a chance but fires straight at the keeper. Redknapp's chances seem to have given his side the required impetus, though!
Assist Stéphane M'Bia
A fantastic through ball unleashes the Frenchman. One on one with Foster, he chips a fine finish into the back of the net. Wasteful? Not this time!
Goal Djibril Cissé
GOAL! Cisse scores for QPR, turning this game right on it's head!
Another chance for West Brom! Lukaku finds himself one on one with Rob Green but fires straight at the shot stopper from a tight angle.
The game's pace has slowed to a crawl here as the visitors look to round off a comfortable victory. The hosts... well, I'm not quite sure what they're doing.
Fabio Da Silva
How great this win will feel for West Brom fans, however. Their side are enjoying a barnstormer of a season so far!
It's been more of the same here in the last few minutes as QPR look desperately short of finding anything near what's required to get back into this game.
The visitors are dominating possession and the home side are lacking any sort of fight or spirit. Will Redknapp ring the changes?
The home side have it all to do here. Yes, they can have complaints about the nature of West Brom's second, but even now it is the away side who are doing all the attacking. Things look bleak for Redknapp and his men here.
Own Goal Robert Green
GOAL! Rob Green palms the ball into his own net!!! Appeals for a foul but the referee has deemed it a legal goal. Own goal for QPR's keeper!!
CHANCE! Cisse heads wide from a corner for the hosts but the Frenchman should really have hit the target! The striker's wastefulness in recent weeks has been costly for his relegation-threatened side.
The visitors come close to doubling their lead once more but Romelu Lukaku loses the ball in the QPR box.
A huge 45 minutes for QPR kicks off with the Hoops in possession.
Join us shortly for the game's resumption.
Redknapp will have a lot to do during the break, but Clarke will be confident his side can keep things the same for the second 45 - they have faced very limited signs of trouble so far.
It appears to be a case of the home side spurning their chances once again this season as they end the half with six shots off target and just one on. The visitors, on the other hand, have had just two shots off target and three hitting the mark - one of which was Brunt's fine strike on the half-hour mark.
And the half-time whistle blows, ending a disappointing first half all round - although the away side will be more than happy with how things stand as they head back to the dressing room.
45' + 2'
Chance for West Brom! Morrison curls a low shot just wide in what is the last opening of the half.
And the hosts almost find themselves two down after a defensive mix-up, but for a poorly taken shot that floats harmlessly wide.
Neither trying to intricately play Taarabt in nor sending long 30 yard passes is working for Redknapp's men at the moment.
QPR are attempting to ask questions but have found no answers against the visitors so far today, Clint Hill the latest player to send a header wide of the target.
A fantastic challenge from Jonas Olsson dispossesses Taarabt, who has been kept largely quiet so far today. Credit for which must duly go to the away side's watertight defence.
A reminder: play began 15 minutes late here today and so we are still going in this first half, with Brunt's long-range strike the sole difference between the two sides.
CHANCE! It's that man Taarabt again. Curling a sensational free kick over the wall, the Moroccan watches anxiously as his shot just flies wide of the post.
Djibril Cisse fluffs a shot but is somewhat fortuitously awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area for his troubles. West Brom's back line seemingly punished for some good, firm defending. Will the Hoops make their luck count?
It's Goran Popov down injured and he's been forced off. Liam Ridgewell enters the fray in his place.
Rangers have a corner, but it is delayed as a West Brom player is down injured in the box.
I hinted the first goal could be crucial. How will Redknapp's Rangers react?
Our man at Loftus Road Jay Jaffa had this take on Brunt's opener: QPR had forged the better chances but West Brom have opened the scoring at Loftus Road through a fine Chris Brunt strike. Under no pressure, Youssef Mulumbu slid a pass inside to Brunt, who from 25 yards out, steadied himself before rifling a daisy-cutter across Robert Green and into the bottom corner. Nightmare for the Rs.
Assist Marc-Antoine Fortune
From 25 yards, Chris Brunt plants a beautiful left footed strike into the bottom right corner. Back of the net: Brunt's fourth in five against QPR at Loftus Road.
Goal Chris Brunt
GOAL! Chris Brunt scores for West Brom!
Trickery from Taarabt as he uses every skill in the FIFA 2013 handbook to beat a line of West Brom defenders. It is to no avail though as the Moroccan soon loses the ball.
The visitors are certainly holding their own as it's the hosts who look like they need to make the most of things on the break - but the best chances so far have fallen to QPR. The first goal (if it arrives) looks as though it will be key.
Wright-Phillips now earns his pay packet with some astounding defensive work all the way back in his own penalty area!
Chance for QPR! Great work from Shaun Wright-Phillips as he beats TWO men to enter the box and deliver a pinpoint cross. Jamie Mackie gets his head onto the ball but sends his header way off target.
Midfield battles are the name of the game here. Has rugby ever been played at Loftus Road? The current to and fro in the middle of the park is rather similar to that of a scrum at the minute. Perhaps not as violent.
Play resumes with a drop-ball, while the stat lovers out there might be interested to know the visitors have enjoyed more than 60% of possession so far. Steve Clarke a counterattacking manager, eh?
Anton Ferdinand is down injured, allowing the players to catch a breather. Not that they really need one, though..
Some intricate play down the right flank from the visitors results in a cross being sent into the box but cleared to safety.
Zoltan Gera finds his feathers ruffled as the Hungarian is sent tumbling to the ground, but the referee lets play continue and the Hoops proceed to pump a long ball up the pitch, only for it to find its way straight into Foster's arms.
A very slow pace here at Loftus Road at the minute. Would Redknapp happily take a point today? He has said he needs wins and your own backyard is the best place to achieve them.
Taarabt is yet to have a significant impact on today's clash, but with the Moroccan guaranteed to enjoy freedom in abundance under Redknapp's tactics we are sure to see something from him in due course.
Chance for QPR! A great delivery is met by an audacious attempt at a bicycle kick, which is palmed out by Ben Foster for a corner.
A corner for West Brom here as the visitors show their first real attacking intent today. With three up front and three more strikers on the bench, the visitors look more than capable of taking the game to the home side today.
The visitors have shaded possession so far, but QPR have had the best chance.
A slow, even start has both sides retaining the ball in the middle of the park but no clear cut chances so far.
Conclude what you will from either manager's selections, but one thing is definitely clear: both mean business and neither will be taking the prospect of three Boxing Day points lightly.
Meanwhile, the visitors have gone with Foster; Olsson, Popov, McAuley; Jones, Morrison, Brunt, Mulumbu; Gera, Lukaku and Fortune, while Myhill, Ridgewell, Tamas, Dorrans, Rosenberg, Long and Odemwingie form the Baggies' bench.
QPR's team for today's game is: Green; Traore, Ferdinand, Hill, Fabio; Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Faurlin, M'Bia, Mackie; Cisse. And the Hoops' subs bench consists of: Cesar, Diakite, Derry, Granero, Dyer, Ehmer and Hoilett.
But West Brom have taken two victories and a draw against QPR in the two sides' last three meetings, having beaten the west London side 3-2 at the Hawthorns earlier this season. And of the Baggies' eleven, Chris Brunt in particular has scored in three of his last four games against QPR at Loftus Road, striking two for West Brom and one for Sheffield Wednesday.
However, QPR have won their last two Boxing Day fixtures, while West Brom have failed to score in three of their last four on the day. The Baggies have also conceded at least two goals in their last three away matches in the Premier League, and kept just two clean sheets in their last 46 Premier League away games.
Ahead of our much-anticipated late kick off, a few quaint facts for the stat lovers out there... Four of the five sides to have recorded a start as poor as QPR's this season - just one win in 18 Premier League games - have been relegated by the end of the campaign.
Kick-off has been delayed by 15 minutes due to West Brom's (understandable) late arrival in west London. The match is scheduled to start at 3.15pm.
Festive greetings and a merry Boxing Day to all! Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! play-by-play coverage of QPR versus West Brom at Loftus Road. I'm Tim Poole and I'll be guiding you through today's action!
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