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Queens Park Rangers 0-2 West Bromwich Albion: Ferguson and Pereira give Baggies win

Nathan Ferguson celebrates
West Brom's Nathan Ferguson only made his senior league debut last month but is keeping ex-England left-back Kieran Gibbs out of the side

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic compared teenage defender Nathan Ferguson to England international Declan Rice after his goal helped the Baggies beat QPR and go top of the Championship.

Ferguson, 18, was given time to stride forward and beat Joe Lumley with a speculative 30-yard shot for his first senior goal, with Matheus Pereira's free-kick putting the game beyond the hosts, who had Yoann Barbet sent off for bringing down Hal Robson-Kanu.

"Nathan has a mentality that reminds me of Declan Rice," said Bilic, who managed the midfielder at West Ham.

He told BBC WM: "He's only 18 on paper, but his mind is 25 or 27 - he's not a kid. He's only a kid in a positive way in that he's not afraid to take the ball forward and have a shot.

"It's our job to keep him humble but there's no doubt that he has an extremely bright future and a great career in front of him."

The Baggies came to life after shading a forgettable first half, with QPR keeper Lumley atoning for Ferguson's opener by thwarting Charlie Austin, Grady Diangana and Kyle Edwards as the visitors asserted their dominance.

But Slaven Bilic's side were out of sight as Pereira's free-kick went through a powderpuff QPR wall and in.

"This is the best performance that we played so far. Straight from the start we were on the front foot. They didn't have a sniff," Bilic said.

"We were a bit nervous - we were getting in great situations but were rushing it.

"In those situations you maybe need one moment of individual brilliance and we got that with Nathan. We were pure class afterwards."

Matheus Pereira scores
Pereira scored from the free-kick which saw QPR's Barbet sent off

Mark Warburton's Rangers had been looking to secure five consecutive league wins for the first time since 2004, but failed to even register a shot on target, with Ilias Chair wasteful in the first half after beating two players in the box and Jordan Hugill heading over late on.

In fact, Ferguson's opener was the game's first meaningful effort, with the R's defence backing off the impressive young full-back, whose effort should arguably have been stopped by the diving Lumley.

Substitute Robson-Kanu was in on goal when Barbet tangled with him and was dismissed, with Brazilian midfielder Pereira joining 18-year-old Ferguson in scoring his first goal for the Baggies.

The margin of victory would have been wider had the overworked Lumley not been able to claw away former Wales striker Robson-Kanu's header late on.

QPR boss Mark Warburton:

"I think we showed too much respect. They're a very good team, a talented team with big expectations and we knew what we faced, but we didn't get out of second gear in the first half.

"We started the second half well and then conceded a really soft goal. To concede a goal like that, the whole dynamic of the game changes.

"Maybe their budget is multiples of ours and the expectations are there, but we've shown in recent weeks that we can go home and away and play good football and hurt teams."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 5CameronBooked at 22mins
  • 37Leistner
  • 29BarbetBooked at 82mins
  • 14Manning
  • 10EzeSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 70'minutes
  • 12BallSubstituted forSmithat 85'minutes
  • 19Chair
  • 9Hugill
  • 21WellsSubstituted forPughat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wallace
  • 6Smith
  • 7Pugh
  • 11Scowen
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 23Masterson
  • 32Kelly

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2FurlongBooked at 16mins
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 36Ferguson
  • 8Livermore
  • 19Sawyers
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forEdwardsat 71'minutes
  • 12Costa PereiraSubstituted forKrovinovicat 87'minutes
  • 29Diangana
  • 15AustinSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 61'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 3Gibbs
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 7Krovinovic
  • 9Zohore
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond
  • 27O'Shea
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
13,959

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home5
Away15
Shots on Target
Home0
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home21
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Joe Lumley.

Attempt saved. Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Darnell Furlong with a cross.

Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

Booking

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Filip Krovinovic tries a through ball, but Hal Robson-Kanu is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Manning with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Filip Krovinovic replaces Matheus Pereira.

Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Darnell Furlong with a cross.

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matthew Smith replaces Dominic Ball.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, West Bromwich Albion 2. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Yoann Barbet (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the red card.

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yoann Barbet (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.

Attempt saved. Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jake Livermore.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Marc Pugh replaces Nahki Wells.

Foul by Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion).

Ilias Chair (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt blocked. Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards replaces Matt Phillips.

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Grady Diangana following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Joe Lumley.

Attempt saved. Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bright Samuel replaces Eberechi Eze.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Bartley tries a through ball, but Hal Robson-Kanu is caught offside.

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers).

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers).

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom95401710719
2Swansea9531136718
3Nottm Forest9531148618
4Leeds9522135817
5Preston95221710717
6Charlton9522128417
7Sheff Wed9513158716
8Bristol City94411612416
9QPR95131414016
10Fulham9432147715
11Blackburn94141010013
12Cardiff93421112-113
13Birmingham9414912-313
14Derby92521113-211
15Hull92431313010
16Luton93151417-310
17Millwall9243712-510
18Middlesbrough9234913-49
19Brentford822456-18
20Reading92251012-28
21Wigan9225815-78
22Barnsley8125412-85
23Huddersfield9027818-102
24Stoke9027920-112
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