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Queens Park Rangers could only look on as Graham Dorrans’ inspired, match-winning shot flew in from 30 yards. It was the sort of unerring finishing that eluded the London side all afternoon.

Bobby Zamora was the guiltiest member of the losing side, failing to make the most of four chances, meaning that Rangers’ dismal away form continues. Put the team out at Loftus Road and they look a decent bet for survival, here they looked one-dimensional.

That incongruity between home and away form is why they remain in danger. Despite Joey Barton and Jamie Mackie’s probing, the necessary final-third incision in front of them was lacking. Maybe Djibril Cissé would have a game-changing presence had he not been suspended.

This defeat meant QPR still have only one point from their travels since Mark Hughes took over in January and, with Manchester City and Chelsea to come, it is a tally that seems unlikely to improve.

“There were a number of chances we could have converted with a bit more presence of mind,” said Hughes.

“It’s frustrating. We were great on Wednesday [beating Swansea 3-0] but didn’t hit that level here. You need to do the basics well away from home. But we gave their crowd too much encouragement.”

A glimpse of Rangers’ impotence emerged in the opening minutes as the game began in lively fashion. Zamora missed the chance, after a long ball over the top from Gareth McAuley, as goalkeeper Ben Foster alertly smothered the shot.

Shaun Derry was back in a holding role, but the midfielder was caught out to gift West Brom their first chance. Marc-Antoine Fortuné dispossessed him and supplied Peter Odemwingie, whose angled shot went wide.

West Brom’s goal required far less opposition assistance. After receiving the ball from Odemwingie, Dorrans struck, stunningly, beyond Paddy Kenny. “It was marvellous strike and he deserves a lot of credit,” said Albion manager Roy Hodgson.

The game remained open as Odemwingie drove the ball into the side-netting, then Jamie Mackie squared for Samba Diakite to do the same at the other end.

But QPR gradually began asserting themselves as the half wore on. However, Zamora was not at his sharpest. First he headed over after Barton had shown a touch of class, cleverly flicking over a cross, then he had a shot blocked. Tricky Mackie also came close when he flashed an 18-yard shot wide.

QPR pushed hard at the start of the second half but it looked like they were going 2-0 down when a superb back-heel from Odemwingie set up Billy Jones, but the right-back’s six-yard effort struck an upright.

Undeterred, QPR – leaving spaces at the back – kept pressing but their lack of penetration was all too obvious and Barton’s curled effort wide was the best they could muster, while West Brom blocked and tackled diligently.

Kenny was forced to keep out a Chris Brunt free-kick from 25 yards and Shane Long went close as West Brom closed the game well, showing why they are staying up.

“We showed a lot of grit and determination,” said Hodgson. “We were worried about second-season syndrome, but we have worked wonders.”

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