West Brom beats QPR 1-0 in Premier League
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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Graham Dorrans' long-range strike in the first-half goal gave West Bromwich Albion a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday to leave the visitors mired in a battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Dorrans netted the winner from 30 yards in the 22nd minute, and Bobby Zamora wasted a number of opportunities to level for QPR.
QPR continued its poor away form under Mark Hughes, having picked up just two points in 11 games on the road.
West Brom, meanwhile, is firmly lodged in midtable and is all but assured of a third straight season of topflight football.
QPR started brightly and Zamora went close to putting them ahead after only two minutes. The England striker found himself with only Ben Foster to beat after the ball ricocheted invitingly into his path.
But Foster was alert to the situation and came quickly off his line to block the shot at the expense of a corner.
Instead, the only goal of the game came from Dorrans after 22 minutes. The Scotland international received the ball from Odemwingie 30 yards out and his rising shot flew past Kenny into the roof of the net.
Zamora should have leveled after 39 minutes when he found himself with a free header from Joey Barton's pinpoint cross, but angled it just wide.
Foster then beat out a fierce drive from Zamora, who had worked under West Brom manager Roy Hodgson at Fulham.
Zamora's unhappy day continued when he was found in space by Adel Taarabt inside the Baggies box but sliced his shot, which hit the back of Jamie Mackie.
Updated April 14, 2012