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QPR 2-3 West Brom: Late Jake Livermore goal in Baggies win

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Jefferson Montero scored on his first start for West Brom since joining on loan from Swansea last month

West Bromwich Albion moved to within a point of the Championship promotion places as Jake Livermore's 94th-minute winner gave them victory at Queens Park Rangers.

The Baggies took the lead when Jefferson Montero fired in from six yards on his first start since joining on loan from Swansea last month.

Luke Freeman then levelled with a near-post strike, before Jacob Murphy's breakaway goal restored the visitors' advantage.

Tomer Hemed equalised from penalty spot to make it 2-2 but, after the hosts were reduced to 10 men following an injury to Freeman with all three substitutions already made, Livermore struck.

The Baggies stay fourth, but are just three points behind leaders Norwich City and one point behind Sheffield United and Leeds United - although Marcelo Bielsa's side have played a game fewer.

Darren Moore's Baggies won August's reverse fixture 7-1 at The Hawthorns, but this was a vastly improved showing from Steve McClaren's side, who enjoyed long spells of dominance.

After Hemed had levelled for a second time, it was the home team who looked the more likely to go on and win the match, before Freeman's injury appeared to alter the course of the game.

Rangers, who were beaten by Premier League Watford in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Friday, have now lost their past six Championship games and are winless in the league since 26 December.

It is a run of form that has seen the west London club slump from eighth in the table, two points off the play-offs, to 18th - 14 points away from the top six.

QPR manager Steve McClaren:

"It will turn eventually for sure, if we keep performing like we've been doing - even in the past five games which haven't turned out right for us.

"The 94th minute is not a good minute for this team at the moment.

"We missed a penalty to equalise 4-4 (against Birmingham City), 94 minutes at Bristol (City) where it should never have been a penalty, and tonight 94 minutes.

"I thought we were going to hold on and deservedly hold on. The character and fight of the team is not in question.

"Yes we're making mistakes and being punished, and we're not getting the rub of the green and not getting away with a lot, but the character of the team is there."

West Brom manager Darren Moore told BBC WM 95.6:

"I'm just really pleased with the players' attitude to keep going right until the end. They got their just rewards in the end - they kept at it and kept at it.

"Great to see Jake Livermore pop up in the last few seconds and get that vital touch.

"It was a tough night here and to score three goals away from home at a difficult place shows the character.

"Together as a group they dug that out of the bag and it's a valuable three points for us."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 2Furlong
  • 37Leistner
  • 33Lynch
  • 23WszolekSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 71'minutes
  • 8Cousins
  • 21Luongo
  • 7Freeman
  • 3Bidwell
  • 17SmithSubstituted forEzeat 45'minutes
  • 32WellsSubstituted forHemedat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 10Eze
  • 11Scowen
  • 14Manning
  • 16Hemed
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 24Kakay

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 68Holgate
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 3Gibbs
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 77mins
  • 28FieldSubstituted forPhillipsat 81'minutes
  • 6JohansenSubstituted forBarryat 65'minutes
  • 70Murphy
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 15MonteroSubstituted forHarperat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bartley
  • 10Phillips
  • 18Barry
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 34Harper
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
12,257

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, West Bromwich Albion 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, West Bromwich Albion 3.

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers).

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, West Bromwich Albion 3. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mason Holgate.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Toni Leistner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jordan Cousins.

Attempt blocked. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

Attempt missed. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

Attempt blocked. Jacob Murphy (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips replaces Sam Field.

Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt saved. Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.

Attempt saved. Jacob Murphy (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

Booking

Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, West Bromwich Albion 2. Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Queens Park Rangers. Tomer Hemed draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Gareth Barry.

Foul by Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion).

Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bright Samuel replaces Pawel Wszolek.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Tomer Hemed replaces Nahki Wells.

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jacob Murphy (West Bromwich Albion).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich33189665422363
2Sheff Utd33187858342461
3Leeds32187753361761
4West Brom33179767422560
5Middlesbrough321412636241254
6Bristol City31158840301053
7Derby3114984336751
8Nottm Forest33111484638847
9Birmingham32111384940946
10Aston Villa33101495652444
11Preston331111115047344
12Hull32128124542344
13Swansea32128124239344
14Blackburn331110124350-743
15Sheff Wed321011113647-1141
16Brentford311010115043740
17Stoke33913113441-740
18QPR32116154150-939
19Wigan3297163246-1434
20Millwall31710143445-1131
21Reading33611163449-1529
22Rotherham33514143353-2029
23Bolton3368192151-3026
24Ipswich33311192556-3120
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