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Hodgson hails West Brom's match winner Dorrans after QPR victory

Albion boss delighted with Scottish midfielder and the rest of his team as they send the Hoops to another away defeat, something the Rs' boss Mark Hughes is eager to put a stop to

Roy Hodgson praised match winner Graham Dorrans for his superb first-half strike that secured West Brom a 1-0 victory over QPR at the Hawthorns.

The Scottish midfielder has been plagued by injuries this season but has started the last three games for Hodgson’s side and the Albion boss was delighted with the impact he had on the game.

"It was a marvellous strike and he deserves a lot of credit," he told reporters.

"He’s had a long period of time out and every time he’s looked like getting back in the team he’s had to drop out again.

"I think it was a flying week for him, and he settles the game for us. We’re delighted with that and we’re delighted with him."

The victory takes Albion past the 40-point mark and Hodgson spoke of his delight that they were not subject to second season syndrome.

"It’s been a long hard season," he continued.

"We’ve lost a lot of quality players on the way so a lot of people have been thrown in to the breach but still we’ve got over the line with some margin of comfort.

"Forty-two points from 34 games is a good achievement in my opinion. I’m delighted with them."

The Baggies had a dilemma just before kick-off when experienced defender Jonas Olsson withdrew with a groin injury, youngster Craig Dawson was called on to make his second start for the club and Hodgson praised the way the defender handled the pressure.

"We lost Jonas just before the game which doesn’t help," he added.

"Bobby Zamora is an intelligent player and a real handful to play against but Craig really stood up to his task very well.

"He did restrict the number of chances that Bobby got and the number of assists he could make."

For Mark Hughes it is another away defeat, QPR's 12th of the season, and after a midweek morale boosting victory over Swansea the Rs' boss spoke of his disappointment at not getting something out of the game.

"[Away from home] you need to do the fundamentals well," he said.

"You need disappoint the home crowd and the team itself but today we gave them too much encouragement and as a consequence they quite enjoyed themselves.

"It’s a marked contrast to how we played on Wednesday, we hit good levels but we can’t be consistent over a longer period, that’s something we’ll have to address."

The Welshman was particularly disappointed with his side’s first-half performance where they never really tested the Albion goal, and a lack of urgency that gave Dorrans plenty of room to win the game.

"First half we didn’t put enough pressure on West Brom," he admitted.

"We were a little bit off the pace to be perfectly honest with you and whether that was a consequence of our efforts in midweek I don’t know.

"We allowed them too much time and space to get their head up and pick passes in and around our box, we were a bit slow getting out to the lad that’s scored the goal, it’s a great strike.

"Everybody understands the importance of not conceding when you’re the away side, it makes it really difficult to get back into the game.

"They were quite happy, certainly in the second half, to soak up the pressure and hit us on the break.

Hughes was happy with the way his side performed in the second period but they were made to rue missed opportunities, something he knows his side will have to improve on if they are to stay in the division.

"I thought second half we were better," he added.

"We had more possession in their half and created situations that we didn’t make the best of. I felt there were a number of opportunities where we might’ve been able to pick a pass and create a chance.

"We probably had better chances in the first half, when Bobby had a one on one with the goalkeeper. It’s a frustrating day, we were great on Wednesday but we didn’t hit that level today."

The defeat still leaves the Hoops looking over their shoulders towards the relegation zone and Hughes admitted that they cannot rely on their improving home form to guarantee survival.

"We can’t just wait and think that our home form will be enough," he claimed

"We need to improve the away form and today was the chance for us, we all felt that but what we produced today wasn’t good enough.

"We didn’t push them well enough, but we’ve got a week to put good week in and we’ll be right for the weekend."