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6 October 2012
• The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 23987
West Bromwich Albion
J. Morrison 5'
Z. Gera 23'
Y. Mulumbu 85'
Queens Park Rangers
A. Taarabt 35'
Thanks for following the action from the Hawthorns this afternoon. I've been Sion Cleaver, until next time, peace out.
If Mark Hughes can make sure we see more QPR performances like their second half offering, they might not do too badly this season. That's if Hughes can keep his job that is...
It's all over! What a match that was, truly enthralling stuff. West Brom deserved all three points in the end but QPR's resilience must be applauded.
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Y. Mulumbu
Scrappy affair in midfield now, Mulumbu goes into the referee's book for a blatant handball.
90' + 4'
CHANCE!!! It was almost 3-3 there! A QPR corner saw a scramble in the area ensue before Bosingwa gathered the ball and fired a powerful shot well wide and into the stands!
90' + 1'
Assist Ji-Sung Park
90' + 1'
Goal Esteban Granero
GOAL! Just as the ball flew back out of the Baggies box, it was back in and Granero hit a lovely chip over Foster to get his side a second goal of the day, resulting in a barrage of sarcastic cheers from the Hawthorns faithful.
90' + 1'
4 minutes added on here, end-to-end stuff in the dying embers of the game. Park fires a volley into the West Brom area from the right, Zamora heads and the ball flies back out of the area.
Yacob walks off to receive treatment, meanwhile a mammoth long-ball flies from halfway towards Lukaku in the area, but Nelsen blocks and clears the danger.
Yellow Card Jamie Mackie
Absolutely horrific tackle from Mackie on Yacob, who flies into the air. The physios immediately run on and it seems like he's clutching his shoulder.
Murmurs of 'You're getting sacked in the morning!' echoes around The Hawthorns, Mark Hughes surely isn't in the QPR owners' good books.
Assist Gonzalo Jara
Goal Y. Mulumbu
GOAAALLL! Just as I said that, West Brom grab themselves another when Mulumbu latches on to a lovely through-ball into the area before passing it past Cesar with ease.
West Brom are really impressing now, Lukaku is looking very dangerous on and off the ball. My money's on the hosts to grab a third if things continue.
Luaku latches on to a lovely pass from near halfway before finding himself 1-on-1 with Cesar, the whistle blows and the striker is deemed offside.
CHANCE! Morrison passes over to Popov midway up the the pitch, the ball gets passed around the Baggies defence in a lovely sequence of passing before Morrison gathers from far out and drives a thunderous volley straight towards the QPR goal, provoking a marvelous block from an ever-vigilant Cesar.
Morrison fires a good volley into the QPR area from the free-kick but Nelsen rises highest to clear the danger.
Morrison is brought down by Granero, free-kick to the hosts now.
Traore volleys over to Taarabt who breaks through only to have his effort cleared just from his feet by an advacing Popov.
The game's picked up pace in the last few minutes, but no real chances to speak of yet.
West Brom will go 3rd in the standings if this score stays the same, what a good start they've enjoyed so far this campaign.
M'Bia has been relatively poor this afternoon, not much hunger from the youngster when he breaks forward.
Granero gets a lovely lay-off from Taarabt, he produces a lovely little run before turning on the inside, dragging over with his left foot before driving a thunderous shot just over the target.
Park dispatches a cracking pass to Taarabt, but his first touch bursts the ball too far forward and his attack fizzles out.
Both teams have used the majority of their allowed substitutions already, not surprising considering both teams have been working flat-out since the restart. Things could take a turn for the worse if an injury does befall on either side however.
A Taarabt run is stopped impressively by a physical Traore challenge, West Brom break on the counter but their attack fizzles out and play settles in the pitch's mid-section.
We're having a bit of a lull in play now, so to keep you entertained, have a match statistic. Go on, it's on us... QPR have never in their Premier League history recovered from two goals down to pick up even a point. Interesting stuff, could records be broken at the Hawthorns this afternoon? There's half an hour go, so it's looking likely.
Wright-Phillips has been excellent for QPR this afternoon, especially in the first half's closing moments where he held possession almost single handedly at times.
Granero steps up to take the corner, but it flies well over the players inside the box and out of play for a goal kick in West Brom's favour.
QPR have a corner, and West Brom have all their men back to defend this one.
Interesting stat for you here. Taarabt's first-half goal was the first time he has hit the back of the net on the road and against a team outside of London.
West Brom can't get a touch of the ball at the moment, what a second half QPR are having. Taarabt is playing further up front for this half, assisting Park who has looked very dangerous this afternoon.
An outstanding pass from Taarabt midway through the West Brom half glides narrowly past the run of Popov and finds Wright-Phillips, who's resultant shot was embarrassingly weak. Great positioning, terrible finishing.
QPR are looking the brighter side in this second period, Mark Hughes has managed to regroup his side well and West Brom can't get a touch at the moment.
A lovely combination of passes from the visitors sees Bosingwa take charge on the right before driving a fine shot from distance only to see his effort fly just over the woodwork.
Gabriel Sebastian Tamaş
We're back underway and QPR break immediately, Taarabt fires through on goal from the left wing only to see it saved by Foster. Lovely dribble through the Baggies defence there.
It's half-time! West Brom have produced an impressive first half performance against a QPR side that started poorly but came back into the match as it progressed. Keep it here for the second half, this could turn into a classic.
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Ji-Sung Park
Park goes into the referee's book for a late challenge on Gera, nothing too reckless but a good call from the man with the whistle.
CHANCE! How are QPR still in this! Gera darts onto an Odemwingie drive only to find Cesar rush off his line in kamikaze fashion to make a brilliant stop. Unbelievable save.
Taarabt goes down in the hosts' box after coming under some pressure from behind. The referee plays on, it would have been very harsh on West Brom but I've seen them given.
Long makes a lovely run, breaking free of the QPR defence but the home defence composes and gathers Long's ball from just under his feet.
The Baggies free-kick from far out comes to nothing, a long ball is flown into the visitors' box but the QPR defence deal with it well.
Ferdinand crashes through an advancing Long, gifting the home side a free-kick from 35-yards out.
That was Taarabt's second goal in a consecutive Premier League match and the first time West Brom have conceded at home this campaign.
Taarabt charges through the West Brom defence looking for a second, but he is deemed just offside. QPR are looking quite dangerous now.
Assist Esteban Granero
Goal Adel Taarabt
GOAAAALLL! WHAT A CORKER! A well-aimed low drive from Granero finds the run of Taarabt who chests the ball before cracking an absolutely thunderous effort straight into the West Brom net. Impeccable finish, QPR are back in this now.
Hill goes off to receive some treatment following a blow to his head, blood in sight but the tackle was more than fair.
Olsson does very well to stop a run of play from the vistors, throwing himself onto a Taarabt pass and intercepting play efficiently before dispatching the ball back to the capable hands of Foster.
Taarabt is fortunate to not be in the referee's book either, he snatched the ball out of the air with play still ongoing. Scrappy and quite reckless play from QPR now.
M'Bia is very, very lucky to still be on the pitch here. He puts too much pressure on Mulumbu who falls down. M'Bia then crashes his knee over his counterpart's head while trying to jump over him.
Yellow Card Gabriel Sebastian Tamaş
Tamas picks up a yellow for a poorly timed challenge on Taarabt, who flies to the ground in spectacular fashion.
Goal Zoltán Gera
GOOOAAAL! A second for West Brom now! Morrison takes a run on the wing and dispatches a ball into the area only to see Ferdinand slip up and hit it back to an advancing Morrison, who controls the ball, composes himself and slots a calm drive into the back of the net. Horrific defending from the visitors.
Mulumbu is taken out by Clint Hill, free-kick to the hosts but the resulting volley poses no threat and the QPR deal with is comfortably.
CHANCE! Gera takes a cheeky run while under pressure, drags his foot over before trying a shot from distance only to see his effort take a deflection off Bosingwa and Cesar saving it with ease.
QPR are trying to keep possession now, but their passing accuracy is all over the place. Mark Hughes is looking very displeased on the touchline.
CHANCE! What a cracking chance from West Brom, they should have doubled their lead right there. A good pass from Odemwingie finds the run of Morrison, who sprints clear before giving the ball to Long, will lifts a shot just over the target from five yards out.
Granero tries his luck from far out, but his effort takes a deflection from the West Brom wall and flies well wide.
Tamas tears into a Taarabt run, taking him down in the process and receiving a stern ticking off for his troubles. Free-kick to the visitors from 22 yards out.
The QPR free-kick is dispatched into the area, but a Baggies scramble ensures the ball is cleared from any danger courtesy of a Morrison header.
Shaun Wright-Phillips is taken down just outside the West Brom box by Popov, there's quite a harsh angle for a QPR shot on goal.
First real chance on goal and West Brom hit the net , QPR have immediately upped the pace in reply but the home defence is holding up well so far.
Assist Shane Long
Goal James Morrison
Shane Long leaves Clint Hill for dust on the left, dispatches a lovely volley over into the QPR box to Morrison, who edges past Anton Ferdinand and heads it into the net. What a start from the hosts.
Odemwingie does well to dispatch a cracking ball into the middle, but the ball fails to catch the run of another Baggies player and the QPR defence scrambles clear. Open start so far.
We're underway at the Hawthorns! There's not an empty seat in sight, and boy is there a buzz around this place today. West Brom are sitting pretty in the top six, let's see if they can keep up their form this afternoon.
QPR on the other hand, have been pretty darn dreadful this campaign. Mark Hughes' men lost 2-1 to West Ham last time out, only days after getting knocked out of the League Cup by fellow strugglers Reading. Members of the Loftus Road faithful will be gearing to overturn their recent run of poor form this afternoon but personally, I can't see it.
West Brom drew 1-1 with Aston Villa in their last top-flight outing, not long after being knocked out of the League Cup following a 2-1 midweek defeat to Liverpool. The Baggies' results before that have been pretty dandy however, beating Reading 1-0 and producing an impressive 2-0 trump over in-form Everton.
Not long to go before this one now, but let's have a look at both teams' last few results to keep you going in the meantime...
The Hawthorns is renowned for being a highly vocal and quite intimidating place to travel to, so I can't really see QPR striving too much under such conditions today.
Jose Bosingwa and Anton Ferdinand have both bounced back from hamstring injuries to start for this one, while Armand Traore hasn't trained at all for QPR this week so will miss this match indefinitely.
QPR are big underdogs with the bookies today, a West Brom win is 5/6 while the odds for QPR to snatch all three points from this one is 10/3.
Peter Odemwingie has completed a three game ban for his sending-off at Fulham and will be starting this one for the hosts this afternoon.
QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Granero, Mbia, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Park, Zamora.
West Brom: Foster; Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Popov; Yacob, Mulumbu; Gera, Morrison, Odemwingie; Long.
QPR have put forth an equally strong starting squad, with Taarabt, Park and Zamora up front for the 'Rs.
Let's throw some team news your way then, the hosts will have a strong line-up for this one, with Lukaku on the bench being the biggest news for West Brom.
Mark Hughes' QPR however, have found themselves struggling from the get-go. They sit rock bottom of the league with just 2 points, with the London outfit having lost 4 out of their last 6 top-flight games.
The Baggies have enjoyed a cracking start to the season so far and find themselves sitting in 6th for their efforts, equal with Tottenham on 11 points.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of QPR's trip to West Brom. My name's Sion Cleaver and I'll be guiding you through this encounter from The Hawthorns.
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