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QPR 1-2 West Brom

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Youssouf Mulumbu and Shaun Wright Phillips

Youssouf Mulumbu and Shaun Wright Phillips

A contentious own goal from Rob Green was the difference as QPR fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to West Brom on Boxing Day.

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The start of the game was delayed by 15 minutes after Albion's team coach was held up in West London traffic following the Tube strikes, and it was a similarly slow start once the game got under way at Loftus Road.

Neither side created clear cut chances although QPR looked most like scoring as Stephane Mbia struck an early shot into the side netting, while Jamie Mackie squandered two chances from inside the box.

Chris Brunt fired the Baggies ahead out of nowhere before the half hour mark when he was allowed time to shoot and buried a shot in the bottom corner from 30-yards.

Mbia forced a fine save out of Foster before half-time while Adel Taarabt's free-kick grazed the post, but the equaliser never came for Rangers.

Green palmed the ball into his own net four minutes into the second-half to double the Baggies' lead, although the home goalkeeper was furious not to have been awarded a free-kick after apparently being impeded by Marc-Antoine Fortunie.

Djbril Cisse pulled a goal back on 68 minutes when he latched onto Samba Diakite's through ball and lifted a shot over the onrushing Ben Foster.

The goal spurred the R's on momentarily and Mackie fired a shot straight at the keeper moments later, but that was the closest they came to equalising until Clint Hill had a header spectacularly saved off the line by Foster late on.

QPR were again furious with referee Chris Foy in injury time when their penalty appeals were turned down following a handball from Liam Ridgewell.

The hosts fall back to the bottom of the Premier League with the defeat, while West Brom rise to fifth and now have 33 points from their first 19 games.

Posted: 26/12/12 16:26

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