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Sunday 06 October 2013

On this day in 2012: West Brom beat QPR to go fourth

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall West Brom prevailing in a 3-2 thriller with QPR

  • West Bromwich Albion moved up to fourth with a 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers

  • Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Gera scored for the in-form Baggies against struggling QPR

  • Argentinian midfielder Claudio Yacob and compatriot Esteban Granero battle for the ball

  • New head coach Steve Clarke led West Brom to their best league start in 93 years

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

6 October 2012 - West Bromwich Albion 3-2 Queens Park Rangers

West Bromwich Albion moved up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League table after coming out on top in a five-goal thriller with bottom club Queens Park Rangers at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies continued their superb start to the season with a blistering start as James Morrison headed them in front after five minutes. Hungary midfielder Zoltan Gera added a second after capitalising on a mistake to make it 2-0 before half-time.

A fine volley from Adel Taarabt halved the deficit but Youssouf Mulumbu restored the home side’s two-goal cushion with five minutes remaining. Struggling QPR rallied late on and, after Esteban Granero made it 3-2 with another excellent finish, former Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa had a chance to level the match in stoppage time, only to shot over from close range.

The victory meant West Brom recorded their best start to a top-flight campaign for 93 years, as they picked up 14 points from their opening seven games. Steve Clarke was in his first season as West Brom head coach after being appointed in the summer, and his first managerial role after a successful career as assistant manager at clubs including Chelsea and Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.

The Baggies finished eighth in the 2012/13 campaign, their best final league position in the Premier League so far, while QPR’s second consecutive season in the top flight ended with relegation.

For a full match report, text commentary and a full image gallery, click here for the match day page.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember West Brom moving up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League after beating Queens Park Rangers 3-2