FT: West Brom 3 QPR 2

West Brom go fourth in the table, while QPR remain rooted to the bottom.

West Brom 3-2 QPR - it's all over at the Hawthorns, and the contrasting starts to the season for these two clubs continues. QPR had more of the ball after the break but could not make it count.

90+4
Bosingwa wastes a glorious chance to equalise, lifting the ball yards over the bar after being set up by Hoilett!

90+3
Mulumbu booked for time-wasting.

90+3
Superb goal from Granero, but possibly too late to change the result.

90+3
Time enough for a twist in this tale?

90+2
Goal for QPR! Granero lifts the ball in past Foster from the edge of the box!

90
Half chance for Lukaku when the ball drops for him, but Nelsen is there just in time to clear. Four minutes are being added on.

89
Mackie booked for a foul on Yacob.

88
Hoilett too slow when the ball drops to him on the edge of the box, it goes for a corner and Foster collects easily.

86
Patience is a virtue - West Brom have been on the back foot most of the second half but made the most of the chance when it came.

85
Goal for West Brom! Mulumbu started a lovely move, Reyes pulled it back and Mulumbu finished it off from near the penalty spot, rolling it home to surely give the Baggies all three points

83
Hoilett gives the ball away then makes amends to rob Rosenberg as West Brom threaten to break away.

80
James Morrison send a superb shot from 30 yards inches wide of Cesar's right hand post, then Lukaku is offside to end the home side's best spell of the second half.

79
A tussle between McAuley and Zamora ends with the England striker adjudged to have fouled the WBA defender - a touch harshly.

77
Poor effort from Lukaku, he volleys the ball a long way wide after managing to bring the ball down off his chest.

76
Rare chance for WBA at a free kick, but Morrison's free kick is dealt with by the away defence.

75
I've just noticed that Taarabt is wearing gloves - I know it's the highest ground in the league, but it can't be that cold in October!

75
Lukaku has had little impact so far, and he's given the ball away too easily.

73
Long period of possession for QPR ends with Bosingwa's cross clipping the top of Mackie's head, the ball rolling out of play on the opposite side. It's all gone a bit flat from both sides.

69
Junior Hoilett replaces the injured Mbia.

68
Granero scoops a shot high and wide after neat set-up play from Taarabt. Mbia is hobbling around and will be coming off.

66
Park finds Taarabt with a crossfield pass but the Moroccan's touch lets him down and he cannot threaten Foster.

65
Much more impressive from QPR - but not much threat to show for it. West Brom having trouble hanging on to the ball when they do get it, as Popov gives away to Bosingwa.

63
Double change from Steve Clarke - Long and Odemwingie are off, Lukaku and Rosenberg are on.

61
Nelsen blocks a Morrison attempt, and Cesar collectsthe corner comfortably.

60
David Whittle writes in from Phoenix, Arizona: "how significant are the possession stats? Are we getting killed or does it look like a deliberate tactic to concede possession to QPR?" Well David, the visitors are looking much better at the moment but are still behind.

59
Jamie Mackie replaces Shaun Wright-Phillips, who cuts a disconsolate figure as he trudges off. Olsson gets away with an obvious looking handball to enrage Mark Hughes.

58
Mbia just short of a good corner from Granero to give West Brom a let-off.

57
West Brom fans getting edgier as their side keep giving the ball back to QPR, who have yet to win away under Mark Hughes.

55
Taarabt playing off the front and pulling the strings for QPR now, much more influential than Park was.

53
Wonderful, raking pass from Taarabt to SWP puts the former City man in, but he skews his shot wide when a cross would have been the better option.

52
Reyes' cross from the right towards Long just eludes the striker's head.

51
Nice footwork from Wright-Phillips on the right but his chip over into the middle is nodded away. Home fans are getting edgy.

49
QPR look much livlier, I wonder if they had the hairdryer treatment from Mark Hughes in the dressing room?

48
For QPR, Traore has replaced Hill. Bosingwa wastes a chance by shooting horribly off target, with three team mates begging for the ball inside him.

47
Taarabt has a chance as Reyes, on for Tamas, gives it away and the Moroccan tries to roll it across Foster, who makes the save.

46
We're under way again.

QPR have 54% of the possession so far, which goes to show that West Brom made the most of the chances given to them.

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A breathless first half comes to an end. Entertaining stuff so far.

45
Popov hits a rasping drive a couple of yards over the bar after a poor headed clearance from Park.

45
Ji Sung Park booked for a "robust" challenge where his foot was above knee high.

45
Bosingwa was missing in action to allow Gera that chance - summing up QPR's defending so far.

44
Gera wastes a great chance, in acres of space but Cesar shows all his experience to make a crucial save down to his left after the West Brom man tried to push the ball around him.

42
Taarabt goes looking for a penalty but the ref was uninterested.

41
Taarabt tries a chip from outside the box but scoops the ball a long way over the bar.

41
Mulumbu opts for placement over power when shooting from the edge of the area, but it fades away to the left of Cesar.

39
West Brom have a free kick 35 yards out after a poor challenge from Ferdinand on Long, but Nelsen heads firmly away.

38
The goal has really lifted QPR, who have had the lion's share of possession since. Mark Hughes looks unruffled in his technical zone.

36
Just when it all seemed to be going horribly wrong for Rangers, the enigmatic Moroccan gives them hope. Superb goal, and it gives QPR real hope.

35
Goal for QPR! Granero chips over the top to Taarabt, who chests the ball down and smashes it home from inside the area

34
Hill is back, bandaged up like Mr Bump with strapping around his head.

33
Clint Hill needs attention to a cut to the forehead after being caught by Gera in an aerial challenge. Hughes won't want the tough left-back to go off now.

31
Long bullies Boswingwa off the ball in the area, but luckily for QPR the ball squeezes out to Julio Cesar.

30
West Brom even more content to play patience after the gimmee that helped them go two-up. Gera is up and about after a crunching tackle from Park.

27
Mbia escapes a booking after clumsily catching Mulumbu in the head with his knee after the West Brom man went to ground. It's getting tetchy.

26
Taarabt catches the ball before it goes out of play and carries it over the touchline. No booking, but symptomatic of QPR's awful afternoon so far.

25
Tamas booked for a blatant pull back on Taarabt.

24
Mbia's attempt to stop Morrison was poor, as was Ferdinand'sinterception which fell perfectly for Gera, who rolled it home from midway inside the area. All sorts of trouble for Mark Hughes now.

22
2-0 to West Brom! Morrison crosses from the right, Ferdinand makes a hash of the clearance and Zoltan Gera has a simple chance to put the Baggies further ahead.

21
QPR get away with it as Morrison's effort clips the wall and dribbles away to safety.

20
Hill shoves Mulumbu over to give away a free kick near the area after some neat play from the home side.

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18
QPR keeping the ball well, but not threatening Ben Foster. Nelsen is unlucky to see a free kick given against him for a firm-but-fair looking tackle on Long.

17
The onus is all on QPR now, and West Brom look content to sit back and hit on the break.

15
That should have been 2-0. Morrison raced down the right as West Brom rebuffed QPR's corner, put in a superb cross and Long's heavy touch put the ball a long way wide with a goal begging to be taken.

14
Granero's effort goes wide after flicking the WBA wall - looked goal-bound.

13
Tamas hands QPR a chance by fouling Taarabt on the edge of the box - free kick coming right up...

12
Popov's cross from the left skims the roof of the net, but Julio Cesar had it covered.

10
QPR have scored in every away game this term, but they haven't yet - a free kick is headed away by Morrison, and Bosingwa shoots woefully high.

9
West Brom have yet to concede at home in the league this season, let alone lose, so it's a big ask for Rangers.

7
That is the worst possible start for QPR, and even though it was a great cross from Long it looked all too easy for Morrison.

6
Goal for West Brom! Long crosses from the right and Morrison nods it back across Julio Cesar into the net. Great ball from Long.

5
QPR giving it away easily when they do get their foot on the ball, Ferdinand and Nelsen look happy to knock it around at the back.

3
Mulumbu asks too much of Popov with an ambitious crossfield ball that Wright-Phillips picks up as it drops to the former man City winger. He can't keep hold of it - very cagey so far.

1
Odemwingie is in the action very early on with a cross that QPR's defence knock away.

The match is under way.

West Brom could reach the giddy heights of third place if they win today and Everton slip up at Wigan. Spurs and United are above Steve Clarke's side and don't play until tomorrow, so this is a real chance to seal an impressive start to the season before the international break.

Adel Taarabt starts for the first time since the opening day of the season. He made an impact at Upton Park on Monday, and something often seems to happen around him - will that be the case today?

It's a bright autumnal day at England's highest league ground, and the teams have headed in to the dressing rooms after completing their warm-ups. Let me know your thoughts on the match, and let me know where you are - any far-flung fans out there?

QPR fan Joe Butler queries one non-selection: "Still no Hoilett??? Is Hughes thinking straight??" What do you think? Let me know at tim_oscroft@hotmail.com.

WBA skipper Chris Brunt misses out with a hamstring injury, but Peter Odemwingie is back after serving his three-game ban for an impetuous kick during the Fulham game. Tamas starts a Premier League game for the first time this season, replacing the injured Jones at right back.

WBA subs: L Daniels, Dorrans, Dawson, Jara Reyes, Fortune, Lukaku, Rosenberg.

QPR subs: Green, Faurlin, Cisse, Onuoha, Hoilett, Mackie, Traore.

Gabriel Sutton says: "I'm in the pub with some baggies fans who think they'll lose 2-0 today because they've had too good a start and it needs to be evened out!" There's nothing like optimism, and that's nothing like...

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WBA skipper Chris Brunt misses out with a hamstring injury, but Peter Odemwingie is back after serving his three-game ban for an impetuous kick during the Fulham game. Tamas starts a Premier League game for the first time this season, replacing the injured Jones at right back.

For QPR Bosingwa, Ferdinand and Taarbart are the three changes from Monday's defeat to West Ham, with Onuoha, Faurlin and Cisse dropping out.

WBA: Foster; Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Popov; Yacob, Mulumbu; Gera, Morrison, Odemwingie; Long.

QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Granero, Mbia, SWP, Taarabt, Park, Zamora.

While the Baggies' start to the season has been impressive, Rangers' has been anything but. Bottom of the table and without a win after spending a lot of money in the summer, Mark Hughes will be desperate for a win today.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of West Brom v QPR. We'll have team news for you soon, but in the meantime, email me at tim_oscroft@hotmail.com with your predictions and any thoughts about today's game.

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