By Alan Duffy
Queens Park Rangers – West Bromwich Albion – Premier League – 26th December 2012
Queens Park Rangers headed back to the bottom of the table on Boxing Day after a controversial afternoon at Loftus Road.
The Baggies started superbly and were eventually rewarded for their incisive play with an excellent goal from Chris Brunt, who fired home from Marc Antoine-Fortune’s pass. The Baggies pushed for a second, but had to wait until the 49th minute to extend their lead.
After an awful attempt at a headed clearance from Armand Traore, Rob Green could only palm the ball into his own net. However, the former West Ham ‘keeper was under immense pressure from Marc-Antoine Fortune at the time. However, referee Chris Foy let the goal stand, a decision that had Harry Redknapp going bananas on the bench.
Green then made a couple of excellent saves to deny Romelu Lukaku before the Hoops finally got a goal back, courtesy of Djibril Cissé. Rangers piled forward and came close to nabbing an equaliser, only for some last-gasp defending from the Baggies, defending which would ultimately see them holding on to their three points.
QPR go bottom, below Reading on goal difference while Steve Clarke’s Baggies are now sixth.