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The Hawthorns (ATT 25,521) 14th April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

W Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

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Dorrans piledriver sinks QPR

Midfielder's first-half stunner settles contest

By Razwan Mirza.   Last Updated: 14/04/12 7:08pm

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Graham Dorrans proved to be the match-winner for West Bromwich Albion as his stunning first-half strike was enough to send Queens Park Rangers crashing to another away defeat.

Man of the match: Chris Brunt was different class all afternoon. The Northern Ireland international was cool, calm and composed as ever and deserves the award. Goal of the match: Graham Dorrans' strike deserved to win any match. A superb 30-yard strike which flew into the roof of the net. Simply stunning! Moment of the match: The home side could and maybe should have doubled their lead when Billy Jones struck the post in the second half. Save of the match: Albion shot-stopper Ben Foster has been in the form of his life of late and made a string of fine saves from Rs striker Bobby Zamora. Talking point: Can QPR gain enough points to stay in the Premier League bearing in mind that there are just four games remaining? Will Roy Hodgson start rebuilding his squad for next season now that he knows West Brom are all but assured of a third straight season of top flight football?

The Scotland international received the ball from Peter Odemwingie before his cracking 30 yard drive flew past Paddy Kenny into the net after 22 minutes.

QPR, however, should have been on level terms with Bobby Zamora failing to take advantage of several good opportunities.

Albion keeper Ben Foster was once again in imperious form, denying the former Fulham striker on two occasions as Roy Hodgson's side held on to record their fourth win in their last five Premier League games at home and can look forward to a third successive season of top flight football.

Mark Hughes' side have strung together some impressive results at Loftus Road in recent weeks to revive their hopes of staying up.

But they have now failed to win in 11 away matches and picked up only two points.


QPR started brightly and Zamora went close to putting them ahead after only two minutes.

The England striker found himself with only Foster to beat after the ball ricocheted invitingly into his path.

But Foster was alert to the situation and came quickly off his line to block the shot at the expense of a corner.

Brunt had Albion's first attempt on goal but his shot was smothered by Joey Barton.

Odemwingie had a good chance to end his five-game run without a goal after Thomas had spotted his run - but the Nigeria international screwed his low drive just past the far post.

The only goal of the game came from Dorrans after 22 minutes. The Scotland international received the ball from Odemwingie 30 yards out and his rising shot flew past Kenny into the net.

QPR tried to respond and Adel Taarabt found himself in a yard of space just outside the box but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.

A fine pass in between the Albion defence played in Barton whose ball across the danger area picked out Samba Diakite. The midfielder's rising effort contained plenty of power but was a yard wide of the mark.

Zamora should have levelled after 39 minutes when he found himself with a free header from a pinpoint Barton cross - but angled it just wide.

Foster then beat out a fierce drive from Zamora, who had worked under Albion coach Hodgson at Fulham.


Mulumbu became the first player to be booked after 52 minutes for bringing down Nedum Onuoha in full flight.

Albion came close to doubling their lead five minutes later when Odemwingie's reverse pass picked out the run of Jones, whose low shot hit the base of a post.

A deep corner from Taarabt was seized onto by Barton in space but his curling effort was high and wide.

Ridgewell was booked for time-wasting when taking a throw-in, before a fine tackle from Hill halted Albion substitute Shane Long inside the box as he prepared to shoot.

Dorrans became the third Albion player to be yellow carded for lunging at QPR substitute Wright-Phillips - and he was immediately taken off and replaced by Keith Andrews.

Zamora's unhappy day continued when he was found in space by Taarabt inside the Baggies box but sliced his shot, which hit the back of Jamie Mackie.

Kenny had to be alert to hold a dipping 25-yard free-kick from Brunt away to his left, before Long should have made it 2-0 in injury-time only to shoot wide.

West Bromwich AlbionTeam StatisticsQueens Park Rangers
11st Half Goals0
5Shots on Target2
5Shots off Target13
5Blocked Shots3
3Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
75.1Passing Success78.1
82.4Tackles Success93.8
50.8Territorial Advantage49.2
377Total Passes411
19Total Crosses32
160Lost Balls161
51.51st Half Poss.48.5
43.62nd Half Poss.56.4

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