West Brom won in London for the first time in 11 games to condemn QPR to the bottom of the Premier League table.

Chris Brunt's low 30-yard strike opened the scoring at a rain-soaked Loftus Road as Albion jumped back up to fifth.

QPR keeper Robert Green palmed the ball into his own net to put Albion 2-0 up after Armand Traore's headed clearance dropped under his own bar.

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Djibril Cisse dinked the ball over Ben Foster to give QPR hope but the Albion keeper saved Clint Hill's late header.

It was a terrific effort by the England keeper, aided by his midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu on the line, as QPR piled on the pressure in the closing minutes in an attempt to rescue a point from the game.

Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson and Liam Ridgewell all put in timely blocks to repel wave after wave of attacks in injury time as Albion held on.

The defeat was QPR's 11th of the season and returned them to the bottom of the table on goal difference after Reading picked up a point against Swansea at the Madejski Stadium.

The last time QPR and Albion met on Boxing Day was in the 1968-9 season. West Brom won 4-0 at Loftus Road on that day and Rangers went on to be relegated from the top flight.

And it looked likely that Albion would repeat that scoreline on Wednesday after they opened up a 2-0 lead early in the second half.

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Brunt ran on to Marc Antoine-Fortune's simple pass and without breaking stride, drove a low shot beyond Green's left hand to put Albion ahead.

James Morrison almost doubled the lead before half-time with a sharp flick, turn and volley but his 22-yard effort dipped over the bar.

The second goal did come though, albeit in controversial fashion.

Traore, in attempting to head Brunt's corner clear, succeeded only in sending the ball high into the air and towards his own goal-line.

Home keeper Green, who claimed he was being impeded by Marc-Antoine Fortune, could only palm the ball into his own net and referee Chris Foy waved away QPR protests.

Green was at his best though to twice deny Romelu Lukaku in one-on-one situations, advancing quickly to snuff out the danger on both occasions.

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However, Rangers were struggling in attack and their lack of quality in front of goal was summed up by Stephane Mbia, who headed an Adel Taarabt corner straight back to the midfielder instead of towards goal.

The visitors were well in command but a defensive lapse allowed QPR a foothold in the game - Mbia threading a beautifully weighted through ball to Cisse, who lifted his shot over the advancing Foster to make it 2-1.

And from that moment, the home side looked the more likely to score. Albion defenders McAuley and Olsson both blocked shots while QPR's appeals for a penalty were waved away after Mbia's header struck Ridgewell on the elbow.

From the corner, Hill rose highest but his downward header was brilliantly saved by Foster as Albion held on for the win.

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
QPR 1-2 West Brom FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Cisse 68
  • Brunt 29
  • Green (og) 49

QPR

Substitutes

West Brom

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 17,782
QPR
WEST BROM

Possession

  • QPR 49%
  • West Brom 51%

Attempts on target

  • QPR 8
  • West Brom 6

Attempts off target

  • QPR 10
  • West Brom 6

Corners

  • QPR 14
  • West Brom 9

Fouls

  • QPR 9
  • West Brom 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:05 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+4:54 Short corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line. David Hoilett takes a shot. Liam Ridgewell gets a block in. Short corner worked by Adel Taarabt. Corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line.
  • 90:00+3:39 David Hoilett takes a shot. Gareth McAuley gets a block in.
  • 90:00+2:33 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line, clearance by Billy Jones.
  • 90:00+2:09 Foul by Shane Long on Clint Hill, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Rob Green.
  • 90:00+1:22 Effort on goal by Samba Diakite from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 90:00+1:03 Corner taken short by Stephane Mbia.
  • 88:30 Outswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line, Clint Hill takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a fantastic save.
  • 87:52 The referee penalises Youssouf Mulumbu for handball. Clint Hill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 85:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Djibril Cisse. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 85:15 Substitution Gabriel Tamas is brought on as a substitute for James Morrison.
  • 84:05 The offside flag is raised against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Indirect free kick taken by Rob Green.
  • 83:08 Chris Brunt takes the direct free kick.
  • 83:08 Booking Caution for Stephane Mbia.
  • 82:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Stephane Mbia.
  • 81:18 Corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line, Stephane Mbia has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 80:50 Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Stephane Mbia, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephane Mbia.
  • 78:54 James Morrison takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Close range header by Marc-Antoine Fortune goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 78:12 Corner taken by James Morrison, Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.
  • 77:45 Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Rob Green makes a save.
  • 76:54 Inswinging corner taken by James Morrison from the left by-line.
  • 75:34 David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc-Antoine Fortune. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt from right wing, save by Rob Green.
  • 75:12 Substitution Shane Long is brought on as a substitute for Romelu Lukaku.
  • 74:03 Samba Diakite gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Jones. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 70:36 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
  • 69:05 Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
  • 67:57 Assist by Stephane Mbia.
  • 67:57 GOAL - Djibril CisseQPR 1 - 2 West Brom Djibril Cisse gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. QPR 1-2 West Brom.
  • 66:36 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Rob Green.
  • 65:39 Romelu Lukaku takes a shot. Rob Green makes a save. Corner taken by James Morrison, Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:14 Substitution (QPR) makes a substitution, with Samba Diakite coming on for Alejandro Faurlin.
  • 63:14 Substitution David Hoilett replaces Fabio Da Silva.
  • 62:03 Alejandro Faurlin challenges Romelu Lukaku unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:45 Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Blocked by Jonas Olsson.
  • 60:26 Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Shaun Wright-Phillips, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Adel Taarabt.
  • 59:18 Fabio Da Silva produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 57:44 Romelu Lukaku takes a shot. Rob Green makes a save.
  • 56:34 Corner taken by Adel Taarabt played to the near post, save made by Ben Foster.
  • 55:56 Billy Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Direct free kick taken by Adel Taarabt.
  • 54:18 Unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Alejandro Faurlin results in a free kick. Chris Brunt takes the direct free kick.
  • 53:47 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line.
  • 51:21 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line.
  • 50:37 Liam Ridgewell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin. Adel Taarabt restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:58 GOAL - Rob GreenQPR 0 - 2 West Brom Rob Green puts the ball into his own goal. QPR 0-2 West Brom.
  • 48:57 Chris Brunt provided the assist for the goal.
  • 48:29 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Armand Traore.
  • 46:51 Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Mbia. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adel Taarabt from right wing, clearance by Liam Ridgewell. Corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line, Header from close in by Stephane Mbia misses to the left of the goal.
  • 45:53 Romelu Lukaku takes a shot. Rob Green makes a save.
  • 45:15 The referee blows for offside. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:11 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+2:39 James Morrison has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
  • 45:00+0:09 Chris Brunt has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 43:15 Corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line, Close range header by Clint Hill goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 41:42 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, save by Rob Green.
  • 35:50 Foul by Zoltan Gera on Djibril Cisse, free kick awarded. Adel Taarabt has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 34:28 Corner from right by-line taken by Adel Taarabt.
  • 34:28 Substitution Liam Ridgewell on for Goran Popov.
  • 31:33 Stephane Mbia takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save. Corner from left by-line taken by Adel Taarabt.
  • 29:52 Shot by James Morrison from outside the box goes high over the target.
  • 28:22 The assist for the goal came from Marc-Antoine Fortune.
  • 28:22 GOAL - Chris BruntQPR 0 - 1 West Brom Chris Brunt gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. QPR 0-1 West Brom.
  • 27:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune by Armand Traore. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt, Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:39 Jamie Mackie has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
  • 20:01 Effort from outside the box by Youssouf Mulumbu goes wide right of the target.
  • 16:44 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Stephane Mbia gets a block in.
  • 15:51 James Morrison takes a shot. Clint Hill gets a block in.
  • 13:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun Wright-Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 12:34 Adel Taarabt fouled by Chris Brunt, the ref awards a free kick. Adel Taarabt takes the free kick.
  • 11:42 Unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Stephane Mbia results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gareth McAuley.
  • 10:34 Adel Taarabt takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jamie Mackie produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 9:26 The referee blows for offside against Romelu Lukaku. Free kick taken by Rob Green.
  • 8:45 Chris Brunt takes the outswinging corner, Stephane Mbia manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:27 Chris Brunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Mbia. Stephane Mbia restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:48 Clint Hill concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc-Antoine Fortune. Gareth McAuley takes the free kick.
  • 5:57 Zoltan Gera concedes a free kick for a foul on Adel Taarabt. Free kick crossed by Adel Taarabt, Romelu Lukaku makes a clearance.
  • 5:12 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Adel Taarabt goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 4:30 The assistant referee signals for offside against Romelu Lukaku. Rob Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:18 James Morrison has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 1:02 Stephane Mbia has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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