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Match Report: QPR 1-1 West Brom (QPR Fan's Perspective)

Monday 5th December 2011
A goal, nine minutes from time, from the impressive Shane Long was enough to grab a point for the Baggies at Loftus Road.

QPR made two changes from the side that lost at Norwich with Joey Barton and Jay Bothroyd making their way back into the starting XI.

Both teams looked to attack from the off and Morrison and Thomas both wasted good openings for the visitors. However, it was QPR who took a deserved lead 20 minutes into the game. A delightful cross from Joey Barton was headed powerfully into the far corner by inform striker Heidar Helguson.

QPR thought they had doubled their lead before half time. A wonderful, passing move, involving eight outfield players and 20 passes, ended with Shaun Wright Phillips striking an unstoppable half volley into the top corner. However, the linesman had other ideas and flagged for offside. Replays show that he got the decision wrong and this proved to be a critical moment in the game.

The hosts continued to press after the break and came very close to doubling their lead through Joey Barton. He found himself one on one with the less-than-impressive Ben Foster and saw his shot flash agonisingly wide of the post. The chances continued to arrive and Traore and Wright-Phillips really should have done better after another mistake from Ben Foster.

QPR were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal in the 81st minute. Akos Buzsaky lost possession on the edge of the Baggies box and James Morrison collected the ball. Faurlin had a chance to bring down the Baggies attacker but let him run past far too easily. Morrison fed substitute Peter Odemwingie and his attempt at goal was deflected into the path of Shane Long and he made no mistake from three yards.

The final ten minutes passed without too much drama and QPR were left counting the cost of some very wasteful finishing.

Warnock let his frustrations show at full time by first shouting at Alejandro Faurlin as he left the pitch and then blaming the assistant referee for disallowing the Wright-Phillips goal.

With Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal to play before Christmas, as well as a tough trip to Swansea and a visit from Martin O'Neill's Sunderland, this really was a game where QPR needed to pick up 3 points.

Home matches against Bolton, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Blackburn and West Brom have resulted in 4 points and 0 victories. The home form will surely have to improve if survival is going to be achieved this season.
Jawad Laouira

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