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West Brom manager Steve Clarke calm after his side go fourth with win over QPR.

Clarke hails quality display

Steve Clarke: West Brom boss pleased after good start to the season.

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Steve Clarke is refusing to get carried away after seeing his West Brom side go fourth in the table after their 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers.

The west Midlands side looked to be in total control after goals from James Morrison and Zoltan Gera before the midpoint of the first half, before Adel Taarabt pulled one back before half time.

The home side survived a much-improved showing from the bottom-of-the-table visitors in the second half, although Youssouf Mulumbu's goal to go two ahead late on was the prelude to an exciting finale.

Esteban Granero's sublime strike on 90 minutes was followed by a glaring miss from Jose Bosingwa with the last kick of the game, with the resulting three points moving West Brom into uncharted territory.

"It's a good start, but we are only seven games into the campaign and there is a long way to go," said Clarke.

"We are not getting carried away and we can be pleased with what we have done so far.

"When you are 3-1 up with a short period of time left, you think you will comfortably see the game out but it did not turn out that way and QPR missed a big chance in the last minute.

"I was really pleased with the football we played in the first half. I thought we left ourselves too open at times defensively, but some of the counter-attacking and passing movements together with both goals were really pleasing."

QPR's goals were the first conceded by West Brom at home in the league this season, but Clarke is keen to add more attacking prowess to a solid defensive unit.

"We are a good solid team normally, maybe not so much today, but we know if we keep that solid foundation and introduce that attacking flair we can give anybody in the Premier League a game," added Clarke.

"In the second half we became a little bit scrappy. We didn't start well, we were careless in possession and if you give it to good players, eventually they will cause you some problems.

"When both sides went 4-4-2 it suited us more and we got a better foothold in the game."