“Surreal”, “Absolute Baller”: Some Baggies fans in awe of young star’s performance in thrilling 3-2 win vs QPR + Match report

West Bromwich Albion News: QPR 2-3 West Brom

West Brom broke Rangers hearts by scoring a 94th-minute winner after QPR had equalised twice earlier. This important fixture in the Championship began with West Brom starting on the front foot. They moved the ball really well and looked fluent in their passing. They looked confident on the ball and were winning it back quickly whenever they lost the ball to QPR.

They piled on the pressure in the opening minutes and unsurprisingly, it took them just 5 minutes to open the scoring against the Hoops. They worked the ball well down the flank. A brilliant cut-back then found Jefferson Montero on the spot around 6 yards out.

He smashed it into the net to make it 1-0 to the away side with a goal in his first ever start for West Brom. After this though, the trend of the game changed. The home side began to see a lot more of the ball and while they were able to move it around quickly, they never really posed any threat to the Baggies’ goal.

As the game wore on, the Hoops started getting more and more involved in the game but despite having a decent share of the ball in that period, they were unable to pierce the Baggies defence. On the other hand, West Brom were consistently creating good opportunities but were just missing the final finish.

But against the run of play, in the 35th minute, Rangers produced some excellent play on the edge of the box. Some good work from Massimo Longo and Nakhi Wells helped them get the ball to Luke Freeman in the box. He took aim and beat Sam Johnstone at his near post to deservedly equalise for the home side.

As the teams went into the break, this game was equally poised. The second half began with a greater significance to the away side.

They once again began to control the pace of the game and had good attitude and movement while in possession of the ball. It was becoming clear that the next goal was going to come from West Brom and it was simply a matter of time. 

Surprisingly, a Rangers attack led to a shot from Nakhi Wells, which allowed the Baggies to suddenly rush up the pitch. They broke with pace and a botched clearance by the Rangers defence gifted the ball to Jacob Murphy on the edge of the box. He slotted it past the goalkeeper to restore the away side’s advantage in the 61st minute. 

In the 75th minute though, Tomer Hemed was brought down illegally in the box by Michael Dawson and the referee didn’t hesitate to point to the spot. The Israeli striker stepped up and took the responsibility himself and sent Johnstone the wrong way to equalise.

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In the 94th minute though, deep into stoppage time, a sweeping cross after an excellent move from the flank was met in the box by Jake Livermore, who tucked it into the corner to send the away fans into complete pandemonium. They had clinched the victory with what turned out to be the final meaningful kick of the match. 

Here’s how some West Brom fans reacted to this amazing victory:

Written by Nikhil Vinod

As Le Professeur famously said, If you do not believe you can do it, then you have no chance at all.
Diving and play-acting is a crime and is destroying the beautiful game.
Massive sports enthusiast with a special affection for football.
Sports Management graduate from Coventry University, UK.

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