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Agony as another two points go west

PUBLISHED: 17:34 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:49 24 August 2010

Former QPR favourite Nigel Quashie is backing his old club to bounce back from its recent off-field problems. The reported dressing room bust up between Jim Magilton and Akos Buzsaky has attracted widespread interest but the Scottish international...

Former QPR favourite Nigel Quashie is backing his old club to bounce back from its recent off-field problems.

The reported dressing room bust up between Jim Magilton and Akos Buzsaky has attracted widespread interest but the Scottish international believes it has been blown out of proportion.

Quashie said: "I think a lot more has been made of it than what it actually is. At the end of the day,what goes on in the dressing room goes on in the dressing room, and that should be sorted out there.

"It's nothing strange; it is just something that happens in football. There is often something in a season which gets picked up and it's a little bit unfortunate and you get certain players going in certain directions."

In December 1995 Quashie was given his QPR debut, by then manager Ray Wilkins, at the age of 17 against Manchester United at Old Trafford and went on to make 63 appearances for the R's before his £2.5 million move to Nottingham Forest in 1998.

He is fondly remembered by Rangers fans for his stunning volley against local rivals Chelsea in the 1996 FA Cup defeat, a goal that the 31-year-old midfielder is more than happy to watch again.

He said: "I think it was in black and white, it was a long time ago. I think you could get that on betamax!

THE beautiful game can often be a harsh one, none more so than at the Hawthorns where Rangers were cruelly denied an unlikely victory just seconds from time on Monday night.

And though, perhaps, Rangers were the architects of their own downfall - namely when Alejandro Faurlin and Alessandro Pellicori pressed for a third goal which led to Simon Cox netting for Albion - no-one can deny that conceding just 10 seconds from full time is as painful as it gets.

The traffic was all one way in the opening period, as Albion showed early on just why they continue to set the pace along with leaders Newcastle United in the Championship.

It was Cox who ironically missed arguably the Baggies' greatest chance to score in a dominant first quarter of an hour for the hosts, heading straight at Radek Cerny when unmarked from six yards out.

Albion were having it all their own way. A mix-up at the back involving Damion Stewart gifted Luke Moore with the space to shoot, but Cerny was aware of the danger to claw the ball away to safety.

Cerny was anything but a mere spectator in the first half of this one-sided encounter. Chris Brunt's shot called the keeper into action again, as he parried the effort before Stewart cleared the ball for a corner.

Rangers could have set about going for a scoreless draw after falling to concede in the first half, but to their credit, they did anything but that.

Incredibly, Rangers went all-out on the attack and were rewarded with a second-half lead 11 minutes after the break - albeit with an element of fortune.

Ben Watson - who made the visitors tick with undoubtedly his finest showing to date in Rangers colours - sent over a wicked cross that was headed into his own net by Jonas Olsson.

It was a goal that stunned the Baggies. Rangers didn't relent as they looked for a second either - and they got it just six minutes after their first.

Watson was involved yet again, sending over a dangerous cross that eventually landed to Kaspars Gorkss, who made no mistake to head into an empty net from close range.

West Brom showed just why they could be gracing the Premier League next term thereafter though, as they somehow managed to grab a point from two goals behind.

Jerome Thomas got the first, blasting low past Cerny after Rangers failed to deal with a high cross into the area.

And the Rs were robbed of a win just seconds before the final whistle. Faurlin gave the ball away midway into the Albion half, where the hosts broke at pace.

Brunt's thunderous strike was parried into the path of Cox, who after some more hesitant defending by Stewart, had the easy task from a few yards out of notching an injury-time equaliser.

Caretaker manager Steve Gallen said that although he was disappointed to concede so late on, he was proud of his team's efforts.

"It feels like a loss, in the changing room the boys feel like they have lost the game," Gallen explained.

"We were 10 seconds away from winning the match. We had good possession in West Brom's half and should have just kept it in the corner but lost it - bang down the other end they score, it's disappointing.

"When you're 2-0 up, I think we deserved to win. The game plan was to sit in, be patient and organised; we did exactly that until the last minute.

"West Brom are second in the table and we've had two bad results against Middlesbrough and Watford, conceding eight goals, so I certainly would have taken a point coming up here.


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