The battle for survival in the Premier League took another turn at the Hawthorns as Queens Park Rangers left the Midlands with all three points following a 4-1 win.
QPR stunned West Bromwich Albion in the first-half to claim only their second away win of the season, with goals from Eduardo Vargas, Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora in the first 42 minutes, plus a Joey Barton strike in the 95th, giving the R’s their first victory in six games.
A headed goal from Victor Anichebe was the only high point on a disastrous day for Tony Pulis’ side that included the dismissal of Youssouf Mulumbu for an elbow on Barton.
Rangers remain 19th despite the win, a point behind Burnley after their draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. West Brom are only seven points above the drop zone in 14th.
Following the game, Rangers boss Ramsey claimed his side finally got the result to match their performances of late.
He said: “I think we have been close to that. Performance wise that was not our best performance. It was a good performance but I think that we have had a performance similar to that at Everton last week, Arsenal, Tottenham we just have not taken the chances in the same way.”
Hoops in dreamland
The visitors came into this game on the back of one win in the last 13 games but Vargas gave them a dream start after fifteen minutes. The Chilean unleashed a fierce strike from 25-yards that fizzed past Boaz Myhill.
There will be a worry for Ramsey as the wide man was forced off after 28 minutes as he went down unchallenged and was seen using crutches at full-time.
37 minutes in and the lead was doubled by Austin. The Albion defence was static from Matt Phillips’ corner and the Englishman was on hand to convert Niko Kranjcar’s flick on for his 16th goal of the campaign.
A goal of the season contender from Zamora led to a feeling of disbelief around the ground.
The 34-year-old lobbed Myhill from an improbable angle with the outside of his boot to complete a fantastic first half for the Londoners.
Anichebe, a half-time substitute for the home side pulled one back 13 minutes after the break as he steered Berahino’s cross into the back of the net with his head.
Having been on the pitch 11 minutes Mulumbu was shown red by Lee Probert for an elbow on Barton during an aerial challenge.
It was the QPR captain who completed the scoring in the dying moments as he latched on to the loose ball following a scramble in the box and drilled his effort home.
Super Bobby Zamora
After the game Ramsey was keen to state the importance of Zamora in his side’s battle for survival.
He said: “He is very important in the changing room. He is a seasoned pro and very important in the way that he applies himself in anything we ask him to do.
“Bobby does not train really, he hardly trains, so sometimes it is hard to get that continuity of the partnership between him Charlie [Austin] or whoever else plays upfront. So at the moment it is needs must.
“He will go in to some sort of programme over the weekend to try and get him ready for Tuesday and I would imagine having not had the injuries he has got he would probably finish every game.
But at the moment we have to take him off at a certain time as we need him for the rest of the season.”
The R’s are back in the Midlands on Tuesday night to face Aston Villa in what could be a defining game in both their seasons.
A win at Villa Park would see the Loftus Road club move ahead of Villa on goal difference and potentially move out of the relegation zone.
From an Albion view point this result will be seen as a huge disappointment. A win today would have theoretically guaranteed their survival for another year.
But the Baggies are now just eight points clear of the drop with Liverpool and Chelsea visiting The Hawthorns and trips to Manchester United and Arsenal in their final seven fixtures.
Speaking after the game Pulis was far from happy. He said, according to Eurosport: “We powder puffed our way through 45 minutes of Premier League football.
“There is a lot of things that go on in footballers minds and around football clubs. Getting to 33 points people listen to social networks, people they listen to press and everything else.
“We have not got over the line by a mile yet. As I said to them afterwards, the one thing for sure in this game and in this league is that if you are not on it 100 percent then you will get a rude awakening and they did that today.”
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