• Date: Sat 06 March 2010
  • Venue: Loftus Road Stadium
  • Ref: Attwell, S
  • Attendance: 14,578
Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers

Simpson (13)

Connolly (18)

Buzsaky (67)

3 - 1

Queens Park Rangers vs West Bromwich Albion

Team Lineups

Queens Park Rangers

Carl Ikeme
Damion Stewart
Kaspars Gorkss
Matthew Connolly
Matt Hill
Mikele Leigertwood
Alejandro Faurlin
Hogan Ephraim (Akos Buzsaky, 59)
Adel Taarabt (Peter Ramage, 69)
Jay Simpson
Tamas Priskin (Rowan Vine, 77)

West Bromwich Albion

Scott Carson
Jonas Olsson
Marek Cech (Ishmael Miller, 64)
Gabriel Tamas
Chris Brunt
Jerome Thomas
Youssouf Mulumbu
Ben Watson
James Morrison (Graham Dorrans, 68)
Steven Reid
Simon Cox

Match Report
Neil Warnock made a winning start as QPR boss as he guided his new side to a 3-1 win over promotion-chasing West Brom at Loftus Road. Goals from Jay Simpson and Matt Connolly put Rangers in the driving seat and after Chris Brunt netted for Albion, substitute Akos Buzsaky's fortuitous goal sealed a deserved victory for the Londoners. Warnock had to wait only 13 minutes for Rangers' first goal of his reign. Adel Taarabt sent in a low cross from the right and after goalkeeper Scott Carson fumbled while under pressure from Hogan Ephraim, Simpson pounced on the loose ball to score from close range. Connolly then finished off a fine Rangers move to double their lead just five minutes later. After neat play involving Ephraim and Taarabt, Connolly galloped forward from the right-back position to collect Alejandro Faurlin's lovely pass and fire through Carson's legs. Albion's first sight of goal came when Brunt dispossessed Mikele Leigertwood and threaded the ball through for Simon Cox but keeper Carl Ikeme reacted quickly and gathered the ball at the striker's feet. Ikeme also did well to push away a Ben Watson volley, but was unable to stop Albion reducing the deficit on 35 minutes. Jerome Thomas crossed from the left, and Brunt's looping header at the far post beat Ikeme and dropped into the bottom corner. The goal galvanised the visitors, who made a determined start to the second half. Cox blazed wide from Brunt's cross and, as Albion continued to press, Cox appealed in vain for a penalty after going down under Kaspars Gorkss' challenge. Warnock brought on Buzsaky to try and regain the initiative, and it was the Hungarian who restored Rangers' lead - albeit with a slice of luck. Buzsaky 35-yard free-kick from the left was meant for the head of Gorkss but evaded everyone - including Carson - and struck the inside of the far post before trickling over the line. Simpson had a chance to make it four, but miscued after being put through by Rowan Vine.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

77
Substitution
 

QPR are replacing Tamas Priskin with Rowan Vine.

69
Substitution
 

Adel Taarabt is being taken off, Peter Ramage has come on in his place.

68
Substitution
 

James Morrison is being taken off, Graham Dorrans has come on in his place.

67
Goal
 

Goal!! Akos Buzsaky scores for QPR.

66
Yellow Card
 

Chris Brunt is booked for unsporting behaviour.

64
Substitution
 

Marek Cech is being taken off, Ishmael Miller has come on in his place.

59
Substitution
 

Hogan Ephraim is replaced by Akos Buzsaky.

52
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Alejandro Faurlin.

48
Yellow Card
 

Tamas Priskin goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 2 v 1.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by S Attwell

45
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Marek Cech.

36
Goal
 

Goal!! West Brom have scored with Chris Brunt putting it in the back of the net.

18
Goal
 

Goal!! QPR have scored with Matthew Connolly putting it in the back of the net.

13
Goal
 

Goal!! QPR have scored with Jay Simpson putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

QPR face West Brom at 3pm on Saturday, March 6th.