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Played
December 26, 2012 10:15 AM EST
Loftus Road Stadium — London
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 17782‎
 
Chris Brunt 29′
 
Robert Green 50′ (OG)
Top of the Match
Youssouf Mulumbu
Youssouf Mulumbu
West Bromwich
Djibril Cissé
Djibril Cissé
QPR
Flop of the Match
Robert Green
Robert Green
QPR
Robert Green
Robert Green
QPR

QPR 1-2 West Brom: Green own goal hands Redknapp second straight defeat

A comical own goal gifted the Baggies a two-goal lead that the hosts could only halve, thanks to Djibril Cisse's intelligent finish

By Jay Jaffa

A number of controversial refereeing decisions helped West Brom inflict a 2-1 defeat on Harry Redknapp's QPR as the hosts saw a late penalty appeal rejected at Loftus Road.

A first-half strike from Chris Brunt and a Robert Green own goal gave the visitors a convincing lead - one that they would hold onto despite a Djibril Cisse goal that briefly inspired the home side.

The hosts began the game positively as Stephane Mbia curled a shot from 20 yards just wide of Ben Foster's post, but that turned out to be the only moment of danger either side posed in the early going.

West Brom had barely threatened Robert Green's goal, but the excellent Mulumbu, reinstated to the side following suspension, was afforded too much time in the hosts' half, allowing him to feed the ball into Chris Brunt. The Northern Irishman had ample space to steady himself and rifle a powerful low drive from 25 yards past Green to hand the visitors the lead.

West Brom carried the momentum into the second period and although Anton Ferdinand was fortunate to see his chested clearance rebound behind goal and not past Green, the Rs were not as fortunate moments later.

Armand Traore's skyward header from Brunt's corner caused consternation in the box, allowing Marc-Antoine Fortune the time to back into Green on the goal line. As the two players jostled, it was Green's touch as he tried to palm the ball over his bar that saw QPR fall 2-0 down. The hosts felt aggrieved but referee Chris Foy adjudged the tangle to be legal.

As QPR chased the game Harry Redknapp introduced Junior Hoilett and Samba Diakite and although Lukaku trundled through on goal only to be denied by Green once more, it injected new life into the Rs.

Mbia, who had been one of the hosts' better players, found room to slide a ball into Cisse. With the pace just right, the Frenchman did not need to break stride as he lifted his finish over the onrushing Foster to provide QPR with some hope.

Though QPR grew in confidence, the Baggies remained resolute, though they had to rely on a superb save from Foster in the dying stages to prevent Hill's header equalizing.

A seige on the West Brom goal yielded plenty of half-chances but by the final whistle the Midlands side survived, preserving its place in the Premier League's top six.

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QPR

1
Robert Green
Goalkeeper
50′
2.00
3
Armand Traoré
Defender
2.00
-
Anton Ferdinand
Defender
2.50
6
Clint Hill
Defender
2.00
35
Fabio Da Silva
Defender
64′
2.00
7
Adel Taarabt
Midfielder
3.00
11
2.50
32
Alejandro Faurlin
Midfielder
64′
2.00
17
Stéphane M'Bia
Midfielder
68′ 84′
3.50
9
3.00
12
Jamie Mackie
Midfielder
2.50

West Bromwich

3.50
1
Ben Foster
Goalkeeper
3.50
3
2.00
4
Goran Popov
Defender
35′
3.00
23
3.00
28
Billy Jones
Midfielder
3.00
7
James Morrison
Midfielder
86′
3.50
11
Chris Brunt
Midfielder
29′
4.00
21
3.00
22
Zoltán Gera
Midfielder
3.00
17
3.00
28

Substitutes

30
Julio César
Goalkeeper
 - 
21
Samba Diakité
Midfielder
64′
2.50
4
Shaun Derry
Midfielder
 - 
25
 - 
8
Kieron Dyer
Midfielder
 - 
28
Max Ehmer
Midfielder
 - 
23
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
13
B. Myhill
Goalkeeper
3.00
6
 - 
17
Graham Dorrans
Midfielder
 - 
9
3.00
21
Shane Long
Striker
76′
 - 
9

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18 6
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