Premier League

December 26, 2012



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West Brom

Premier League

15:00 +00:00, December 26, 2012

Loftus Road Stadium, England

Redknapp's ref rage

Harry Redknapp launched a stinging attack on referee Chris Foy and his two assistants after QPR sunk to the bottom of the Premier League with a controversial defeat to West Brom.

Chris Brunt put Albion ahead with a 30-yard strike before the visitors doubled their lead four minutes after the restart with a goal that infuriated the QPR manager.

Robert Green went to collect a looping ball coming down from the heavens off Armand Traore, but was impeded on the line by Baggies striker Marc-Antoine Fortune, who leaned in to the goalkeeper and he duly dropped the ball in to his own net. QPR's players protested furiously, but Foy let the goal stand.

The hosts pulled one back through Djibril Cisse and they piled on the pressure, with Redknapp thinking his team should have had a penalty in the dying minutes of the encounter at Loftus Road when Liam Ridgewell clearly handled Stephane Mbia's header in the West Brom box.

"I think they were awful decisions. I think the ref got it completely wrong," said an irate Redknapp. "It was a blatant foul (on Green). How can the keeper play the ball when a fella' is backing him over the line?

"He can't get around him. If he pushes him over or out the way it's a penalty. He had no intention of getting the ball he just wanted to stop the 'keeper getting to the ball. It was obstruction, how can it stand?

"I asked the linesman how did he not see the penalty. Ridgewell's hand was up there, it's the most blatant handball and he couldn't see it. The linesman said it was murky down in that corner and he couldn't see it, maybe he should go to Specsavers or somewhere."

West Brom boss Steve Clarke insisted Fortune did not wrongfully impede the England stopper, however.

"I didn't think it was a foul," said the Scot, whose side remain in the hunt for at least a top-five place thanks to the win.

"I just saw the ball go up and then in the net. I was confused. I've seen it on the video and I don't think he has done a lot wrong.

"I didn't think it was much of a foul to be honest. And with the penalty appeal if it hadn't have hit his hand it would have hit his face so I think it's the correct decision."

Clarke's team could move in to the top four if things go their way this weekend and the Baggies boss was delighted with his team's victory.

"I thought it was deserved,'' he said. "In the first half we were the better team and we deserved to be in front. We should have got a third or fourth."

Clarke was forced to change his plans just before the match after his team got stuck in traffic caused by a tube strike that saw the Premier League postpone Arsenal's home game against West Ham until tomorrow.

He said: "We told the Premier League that if there would be traffic chaos in at Arsenal against West Ham, there might be traffic chaos in west London as well, especially with the shopping centre next door, but they say we had to play.

"It took us an hour to get five miles, but it didn't affect us."

Scoring Summary

Queens Park Rangers West Bromwich Albion
Djibril Cissé (68')Chris Brunt (29')
 Robert Green (og 49')