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October 6, 2012 10:00 PM SGT
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ M. Jones‎
Attendance:‬ 23987‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Brom 3-2 QPR

The pressure continues to pile on Mark Hughes with this latest defeat as the Baggies pick up three points despite an impressive performance from midfielder Esteban Granero

By Ryan Benson at the Hawthorns

  • Ben Foster
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ben Foster

    With West Brom the better side for most of the match, Foster had little to do. Even when QPR came into the game in the second-half we was still largely untested and dealt with the majority of things with ease, while he had no chance with either goal.

  • Jonas Olsson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jonas Olsson

    The big Swede always looks like he has a mistake in him as he appears uncomfortable on the ball and his passing is often wayward. He wasn’t punished for anything today, but his distribution didn’t help his team-mates at times.

  • Goran Popov
    0
    0
    3.50

    Goran Popov

    An effective performance from the Macedonian left-back. He was up against the duo of Wright-Phillips and Bosingwa, but he dealt with them easily enough and even threatened going forward, offering an extra outlet.

  • Gareth McAuley
    0
    0
    3.00

    Gareth McAuley

    The more-assured of the two centre-backs, but he didn’t look up to the challenge of dealing with Zamora, with the England international dominating aerially. However, the other facets of his play were good enough on the day.

  • Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş
    0
    0
    3.00

    Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş

    Only lasted 45 minutes as he was withdrawn at the break, but he looked comfortable enough while he was on, putting in a number of tackles on Taarabt and Co.

  • Claudio Yacob
    1
    0
    3.50

    Claudio Yacob

    Ever since arriving from Racing Club in Argentina, Yacob has been impressive. When he is on the ball the Baggies look in control and today was no different. His passing was excellent, while he also put in a number of challenges in the midfield as he hoped to counter the threat of Granero.

  • James Morrison
    0
    0
    4.00

    James Morrison

    The former Middlesbrough man really made the difference for West Brom. He opened the scoring with a good header, then had a hand in the second as his cross ended up at the feet of Gera. He looked dangerous all afternoon and continues his great early-season form.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    2
    1
    4.00

    Youssouf Mulumbu Top of the Match

    Undoubtedly one of the most under-rated midfielders in the Premier League. The Congolese player was everywhere, breaking up play, initiating attacks. His passing was accurate, his dribbling effective and he popped up late on for the all important winning goal.

  • Zoltán Gera
    0
    0
    3.50

    Zoltán Gera

    Nothing spectacular from the Hungarian, but he did his job well, offloading the ball quickly in order to keep attacks going. His composure was evident as he doubled West Brom’s lead with a good finish in the area.

  • Shane Long
    0
    0
    3.50

    Shane Long

    His pace and movement was excellent, helping him set up the first goal as he glided past Hill before supplying an inch-perfect cross for Morrison. Unsurprisingly his finishing was not great as he missed a golden chance from seven yards out, but his overall play gave QPR serious problems.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    1
    0
    3.00

    Peter Odemwingie

    Playing from the right, the Nigerian combined well with Morrison, with his use of the ball particularly good in attacking positions. He even helped out Tamas by tracking back when he could.

Substitutions

  • Gonzalo Jara
    1
    0
    3.00

    Gonzalo Jara

    Came on for Tamas at halftime and had a decent enough afternoon. Marshalled Taarabat well when he came out wide.

  • Markus Rosenberg
    1
    0
    2.50

    Markus Rosenberg

    Replaced Odemwingie with 25 minutes to go, but had nowhere near as much impact.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    2
    1
    2.50

    Romelu Lukaku

    The Chelsea-owned striker did very little when he came on for Long, with West Brom looking considerably short of ideas up front without the Irishman.

  • Julio César
    1
    0
    3.00

    Julio César

    Could do nothing about the West Brom goals, but he did make some good saves, particularly one from Morrison at the end of the first-half. Perhaps could have come out to meet more crosses.

  • Anton Ferdinand
    0
    0
    2.00

    Anton Ferdinand

    Not a great performance from the man who has been at the centre of the media's attention recently. He should have stayed closer to Morrison for the opening goal, and he struggled throughout, whether that was against the quick Long, or powerful Lukaku.

  • Clint Hill
    1
    1
    1.50

    Clint Hill Flop of the Match

    Hill was very poor while on the pitch as he was tormented by Morrison and Odemwingie before being taken off at half-time. He took a knock to his head and may have been replaced due to that, but it wouldn’t be a shock if it was because he was the weak link.

  • Ryan Nelsen
    1
    0
    2.50

    Ryan Nelsen

    Didn’t do much wrong and was definitely the better of the two centre-backs, but he did struggle with the pace and movement of Long, while the insistence of Morrison and Odemwingie to roam also caused problems.

  • José Bosingwa
    1
    0
    2.50

    José Bosingwa

    Attacking would usually be classed as his strongest asset, but he wasn’t particularly impressive in attack or defence today. On several occasions he was completely out of position when West Brom were on the front-foot, while he offered Wright-Phillips virtually no support going forward.

  • Ji-Sung Park
    3
    1
    2.00

    Ji-Sung Park

    He is yet to truly sparkle in a QPR shirt, much like most of the team, and he was quiet again. He had very little presence in the attacking third, getting dispossessed more often than not, and his all-action style was not evident enough.

  • Adel Taarabt
    2
    0
    3.50

    Adel Taarabt

    Unquestionably talented but so erratic, Taarabt gives Manchester United’s Nani a run for his money for the most inconsistent player in the Premier League, but today was definitely one of his better days. He was not all about the tricks and he picked out several excellent passes in behind the Baggies defence and scored a magnificent goal.

  • Esteban Granero
    4
    0
    4.00

    Esteban Granero

    QPR’s best player. His passing was adventurous as he did not always just play the simple pass to his right and he managed a great assist for Taarabt’s goal. He already looks perfectly suited to this league and grabbed a late goal.

  • Stéphane M'Bia
    0
    1
    2.00

    Stéphane M'Bia

    The muscle in midfield, but he struggled in his battle against the more dynamic Mulumbu. He played a number of questionable passes and many of his tackles were clumsy. Certainly lost the duel.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    0
    0
    1.50

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    Has not looked particularly good ever since joining QPR, and that trend continued at the Hawthorns. Popov generally had the better of him and he created very little. Eventually came off for Hoilett.

  • B. Zamora
    0
    0
    2.50

    B. Zamora

    A fair few touches, but he didn’t do a great deal with them. His first-touch was often poor and his dribbling ineffective. Physically he looked dangerous, but overall he had a disappointing afternoon.

Substitutions

  • Armand Traoré
    1
    0
    3.00

    Armand Traoré

    Replaced Hill at the break and was much more comfortable, but then again he didn't have much defending to do as the hosts sat back.

  • Jamie Mackie
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jamie Mackie

    His energy down the right made an impact after coming on, but Popov dealt well enough with him.

  • Junior Hoilett
    0
    0
    2.50

    Junior Hoilett

    Did more than Wright-Phillips, but he was still disappointing. Tried to make things happen, but he was often given little support.

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