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West Bromwich Albion 7-1 Queens Park Rangers: Steve McClaren shocked by 'unacceptable' loss

Steve McClaren
Former England manager Steve McClaren suffered his worst defeat as a manager for more than 12 years

Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren says his side's 7-1 loss at West Bromwich Albion was "unacceptable".

Rangers suffered their biggest defeat for more than 31 years and their defeat at The Hawthorns signalled their worst-ever start to a season.

Having gone in level at 1-1 at half-time, Rangers capitulated after the break, conceding six goals in under 40 minutes.

"I'm shocked, I couldn't believe the collapse," McClaren told BBC Radio 5 live after the defeat.

"It's unacceptable, we can't have that. It's unacceptable for the fans, it's unacceptable for the club and now we have to react on Tuesday."

He added: "After conceding the third goal it was too much of a collapse, too much of a shock for myself and it must have been for everyone else.

"Goals change games but we can't react like that, I've never seen that, it's unacceptable and we mustn't let that happen again."

The Baggies dominated throughout and took the lead when Matt Phillips slammed home from 10 yards, although Rangers came back almost straight away as Joel Lynch converted.

But West Brom took control after the break as Kieran Gibbs got his first Baggies goal and Jay Rodriguez scored two penalties, either side of Dwight Gayle's first goal for the club.

Phillips slotted home Hal Robson-Kanu's knockdown for 6-1, before the Welsh forward went from provider to scorer as he latched on to a James Morrison pass.

'Fragility of squad exposed'

The result was the biggest win by a Championship side so far this season and West Brom's biggest victory in more than three and a half years.

Rangers, who have dropped to the bottom of the table, have not conceded seven goals in a game since a 7-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in the top tier in May 1987.

Jay Rodriguez scores a penalty
Jay Rodriguez has scored four goals in his last two games for West Brom - three of them penalties

Albion, relegated from the Premier League last season, last scored seven when they beat non-league Gateshead 7-0 in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2015.

Former England boss McClaren, who took over at Loftus Road in the summer, has seen his side score just twice and concede 10 times in their first three Championship games.

QPR face a transfer embargo in January having agreed a settlement worth almost £42m with the EFL in July after breaking Financial Fair Play rules.

Rangers' goal came against the run of play and the game was put beyond them in a 14-minute spell which saw Gibbs and Gayle both open their Albion accounts - the former almost a year after joining from Arsenal for £7m.

McClaren has not suffered such a heavy defeat as a manager since Arsenal beat his Middlesbrough side 7-0 in a Premier League game on 14 January 2006 - during the season in which he led Boro to the Uefa Cup final.

"For me I suppose it's better to happen now than later on in the season where we can do something about it," McClaren added.

"I still think the squad needs strengthening. We're working tirelessly behind the scenes now the loan market is open.

"You've seen today the fragility of the squad was exposed and we need to toughen the players up and get them help as well."

'Ruthlessness' pleases Baggies boss Moore

West Bromwich Albion head coach Darren Moore: "At half-time I was happy with the performance and I thought they (Rangers) were hanging on. I told the boys to persevere and they did that.

"At the top end of the pitch we have got players who have the skill and attributes to put the ball in the back of the net. I thought there was a ruthlessness about them.

"We are trying to move in the right direction and that can only be good for us as a football club, but there is still a lot of hard work ahead."

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 26Hegazi
  • 5BartleyBooked at 45mins
  • 10Phillips
  • 8Livermore
  • 11BruntBooked at 18minsSubstituted forBarryat 73'minutes
  • 3Gibbs
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forMorrisonat 86'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16GayleSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 7Morrison
  • 13Myhill
  • 14Townsend
  • 17Burke
  • 18Barry
  • 28Field

QPR

  • 1Ingram
  • 24Kakay
  • 37Leistner
  • 33LynchSubstituted forBaptisteat 77'minutes
  • 3Bidwell
  • 11ScowenBooked at 54mins
  • 8Cousins
  • 10EzeSubstituted forWashingtonat 58'minutes
  • 21Luongo
  • 7Freeman
  • 17SmithSubstituted forWszolekat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Washington
  • 13Lumley
  • 15Baptiste
  • 19Chair
  • 23Wszolek
  • 38Smyth
  • 40Sylla
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
22,753

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 7, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 7, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 7, Queens Park Rangers 1. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Morrison.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 6, Queens Park Rangers 1. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a headed pass.

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Harvey Barnes.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Dwight Gayle.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 5, Queens Park Rangers 1. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty West Bromwich Albion. Dwight Gayle draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Matt Ingram (Queens Park Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Pawel Wszolek replaces Matt Smith.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Hand ball by Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion).

Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Alex Baptiste replaces Joel Lynch because of an injury.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jake Livermore.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Gareth Barry replaces Chris Brunt.

Hand ball by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Luke Freeman tries a through ball, but Conor Washington is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tosin Adarabioyo.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith tries a through ball, but Conor Washington is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 4, Queens Park Rangers 1. Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Joel Lynch tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Foul by Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion).

Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Conor Washington replaces Eberechi Eze.

Attempt missed. Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 3, Queens Park Rangers 1. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty West Bromwich Albion. Dwight Gayle draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough431082610
2Leeds33009279
3West Brom421113767
4Aston Villa32107437
5Bolton32105327
6Swansea32103127
7Nottm Forest41305416
8Sheff Utd420257-26
9Millwall31204315
10Blackburn31203215
11Brentford21106244
12Wigan31117704
13Preston31113304
14Derby310247-33
15Rotherham310227-53
16Ipswich302134-12
17Birmingham302123-12
18Stoke302146-22
19Bristol City302135-22
20Sheff Wed201134-11
21Norwich301268-21
22Hull301225-31
23Reading300314-30
24QPR3003210-80
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