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West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
14 April 2012
• The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Referee: J. Moss
• Attendance: 25521
West Bromwich Albion
G. Dorrans 22'
Queens Park Rangers
Hughes looks dejected on the sideline as the whistle blows for full-time. QPR could yet be staring at a return to the Championship, while West Brom breach the 40-point mark. Graham Dorrans' peach of a strike won it for the home side in a match that QPR desperately wanted something out of, with a run of tricky fixtures coming up.
90' + 3'
One minute remaining for QPR now as Samba Diakite bursts forward and finds Shaun Wright-Philips in the box but the play breaks down. It's urgent for Rangers.
90' + 2'
Shane Long bursts into the box with only Onuoha chasing him. The Irishman's chipped shot skims the right-hand post and wide. But he wants a penalty, here, as Onuoha looks to have brought him down.
Four minutes of added time now for QPR to find a very late equaliser. They HAVE to get forward.
West Brom are seeing this game out with some calm and collected possession football now, knocking it around with consummate ease. The Rangers players look deflated.
Not Paddy Kenny. Chris Brunt has a delicious left boot. No disrespect Kenny.
A delicious ball in from the left by Chris Brunt is palmed away by keeper Paddy Kenny. He has got a KILLER left boot.
West Brom haven't given QPR the space they needed today, and credit to Roy Hodgson and his men. QPR need the ball further up the pitch.
As I mentioned earlier, QPR certainly do have a daunting run of upcoming fixtures. Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester City. Surely they're going to need some points from The Hawthorns today? They've got 6 minutes of normal time to do it.
Brunt free kick...you know it's going close. But it's agonisingly floating into Kenny's arms all day long. Brunt gets it up and over the wall nicely, though.
Paul Scharner on for Jerome Thomas to shore up the Baggies' midfield. He gets a goal or two on his day, too, does Scharner.
Just as Taarabt begins to get into the game, he is wrenched off the pitch in favour of Heidar Helguson. Let's see what the Icelandic striker can do. He's got an impressive nine goals this season.
A lovely cutback from Taarabt finds Zamora just outside the six-yard box. The Englishman's shot should find the net but instead finds a fellow Rangers player. Poor miss.
West Brom are looking to hang on to a precious three points, which would see them over the fabled 40-point mark. Rangers are providing tricky opposition, though. Helgusson is warming up.
A swerving, bending cross by Wright-Philips from the right is gobbled up by Foster, who launches a West Brom counter-attack with a sweeping throw. Those are impressive when they come off...this one didn't. Throw-in QPR.
Yellow Card Graham Dorrans
Great play by Brunt on the right to slip in Shane Long. The Irishman's shot is scrambled away and then a goal-mouth debacle ensues. Thankfully for Rangers, the chance comes to nothing.
Joey Barton is starting to impose himself on the game now, pulling the strings. His threaded through-ball is just a little too strong for Wright-Philips at the byline and the cross is disappointing. Cleared to safety.
The ball falls to Adel Taarabt on the left side of the area. His lay-off finds Shaun Wright-Philips, but the nifty Englishman cannot beat his man and the resulting attack breaks down. QPR look to be enjoying the better of it but defensive frailties could be their downfall.
Shane Long breaks into an absolute acre of space behind QPR's midfielders. The Irishman advances into the penalty area but shows just a little too much of it to Clint Hill, whose clearance goes out for a throw-in.
QPR are looking better now, as shots are coming easier. Barton the latest to angle an effort goalwards after good work from Taarabt down the left.
Yellow Card Liam Ridgewell
West Brom are bringing Shane Long on for Fortune. It certainly is a game for opportunists, with mistakes aplenty.
West Brom with the better of the chances so far in this second half. As it stands, QPR remain above the drop zone but there will only be two points in it.
Yellow Card Samba Diakité
Finally Thomas gets away from Onuoha down the left and, after he looks up, his cross misses everyone entirely and Rangers can breathe again. Albion had a good three or four players in the box begging for it, there.
Beautifully worked by West Brom ends up with an effort by Billy Jones whacking off the woodwork. Odemwingie darts into the box and cheekily backheels it to the on-rushing Jones, whose shot cannons off the post and away.
Fascinating battle between Jerome Thomas of Albion and Nedum Onuoha of QPR. Can't call it yet. Onuoha is turning into a dependable defender, though.
Yellow Card Y. Mulumbu
Taarabt delivers in a cute chipped free kick from the right byline and the ball ricochets of several players in the box before being cleared by the Albion defence. Rangers need to keep up this pace.
Graham Dorrans, the West Brom goalscorer, swivels on the edge of the Rangers' box in a similar position to his goal and manages to squeeze out another shot on goal. Deflected.
A very scrappy start to the first half. Neither side is retaining possession well as the ball is battered between legs. It's not even as though both sides are defending well, either.
As it stands, QPR will still be without an away win since November...but there is plenty for Mark Hughes to build upon from the first half. There's still something in this game for Rangers.
West Brom get us back underway.
1-0 to West Brom at the break and Mark Hughes will be pleased at the manner his side attempted to come back into the game. The goal itself, a cracker from Graham Dorrans outside the area. This could still swing either way.
45' + 1'
QPR, though still trailing, have given a much better account of themselves in the last 10 minutes. More possession, higher up the pitch and they're squeezing out some chances.
Mackie nearly equalises, here. A long ball lands at the feet of the Scotsman, who dribbles easily past two defenders before angling a disappointingly slow shot past the upright. A couple of feet and that was in, though.
From one end to the other. A wave of QPR players sweep forward, with Taarabt leading the chase. Unfortunately for the Moroccan, the move breaks down and West Brom launch their own counter-attack. Odemwingie eventually unleashes a low shot, which is deflected out for a Baggies corner.
Taiwo plays an outrageous cross-field ball towards the on-rushing Bobby Zamora. Once again the Englishman spikes the ball towards goal after taking a delicious touch, but Foster gets down well to knock it away to safety. Great play once again.
Fantastic play from Zamora as he holds up the ball, feeds it across to Joey Barton on the right, whose outside-of-the-boot cross finds the big Englishman once more in the box, and his header flies agonisingly wide of the far post. So close.
Perhaps the pressure of the relegation battle is getting to the Rangers players now. They're looking jaded, tired and very disconnected. Mark Hughes will be thinking of his half-time team talk now..
A similar pattern is re-emerging, as West Brom continue to dominate possession and most importantly, the amount of chances created.
Chris Brunt slipped a cheeky little pass through to Odemwingie, who was waiting just inside the penalty area. The Nigerian's shot was again deflected out for a corner by Clint Hill.
Taarabt was released down the Rangers right and glanced in a cross for Diakite, whose powerful strike also hit the side-netting. Many Rangers fans thought that was in!
Mulumbu exchanged a sneaky little one-two with Odemwingie and the big midfielder rifled a shot towards goal but Clint Hill got in a block in and the ball looped up towards Paddy Kenny and safety.
Chris Brunt slid Odemwingie through down the right and the Nigerian advanced unchallenged into the penalty area. His fiercely low shot only ruffled the side-netting, though.
QPR are only now starting to get some possession high up the pitch. Taarabt is fed by Derry on the left and the Moroccan's shot is hard and low, and to the detriment of QPR, wide.
After a rosy couple of days since the convincing victory over Swansea, West Brom are delivering QPR a royal smack back down to earth, here. They haven't turned up yet, Rangers.
Well, well, well... If QPR needed a kick up the bum, THAT was it. Mark Hughes is understandably furious on the touchline.
Assist Peter Odemwingie
Goal Graham Dorrans
Brilliant goal from Graham Dorrans! Odemwingie feeds Dorrans about 25 yards out, centre of the pitch, and he fires an unstoppable shot past Kenny in the top corner of the net. The keeper got fingers to that but West Brom lead at the Hawthorns!
Another great delivery from Taarabt sees the ball deflect off an Albion player amidst possible handball shouts. Barton involved, as per usual...
Decent free kick for QPR now from the right wing. Taarabt swung in a beauty for Barton's opener the other night...
QPR just CANNOT get out of their half. Barton, Diakite and co are not combining well at the moment and West Brom are feeding off every little error. Nothing doing yet for Mark Hughes side. If they're to ensure their Premier League status, this match needs to change.
Thomas lauchned a counter-attack from a QPR corner and he fed Fortune down the left, and eventually out for a West Brom corner. Thomas really does have some rapid little feet.
Taiwo gets beaten far too easily at the byline at Jerome Thomas darts inside. His low cross is deflected out for a corner, though. Good opportunity, that.
West Brom are moving the ball around nicely and the Rangers players are chasing shadows at the minute. All the play is in the Rangers half.
QPR, under a bit of pressure in the last couple of minutes, will need Bobby Zamora to hold up the ball well today and he does just that as QPR try to find a way out. Good play.
Mulumbu and Fortune combined well there to pose another threat on the Rangers goal. Rangers will need to be aware of that partnership.
West Brom then with the first real chance in this match. Hughes will be disappointed at how his team was opened up there.
Marc Antoine-Fortune found some space down the Albion left and fed Odemwingie, who steamed into the box and shot across Kenny in the Rangers goal. Wiiiide!
No real cohesion in midfield yet as both teams are feeling each other out. Rangers seem to be having the better of it so far, though. Diakite has been a vital anchor point in recent weeks and today is proving no different.
The ball was played into the West Brom box and some indecision between the Albion defenders lets Zamora in for a snap-shot at goal, which is deflected out for a corner.
We are underway here at The Hawthorns.
When these two teams last met, in December, it ended in a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road. QPR are without an away win in 5 months and with some daunting fixtures on the horizon, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs, Mark Hughes will certainly be looking to leave The Hawthorns with some points pocketed.
West Brom come into this game off the back of a 4-0 humbling by Manchester City and perhaps this particular fixture is more important for QPR, but Roy Hodgson will certainly be looking to bounce back from what was a poor performance.
Last time out QPR completed an impressive 3-0 victory over a well-drilled Swansea City, lifting Rangers out of the relegation zone and temporarily into safety. A Rangers win today could see Mark Hughes' side five points clear of the drop-zone.
A very good afternoon to you and thank you for joining me, James Burford, as I give you Goal.com's play-by-play of West Brom vs. QPR at the Hawthorns.
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