Match Reports

Albion 2-2 QPR

An image of Brandon Thomas-Asante scoring against QPR

Albion drew 2-2 with QPR in the Sky Bet Championship on Monday afternoon.

The Baggies went two-up thanks to early goals from Brandon Thomas-Asante and Semi Ajayi.

But Rangers fought back and earned a point through a Lyndon Dykes header and Chris Martin’s second-half leveller.

Carlos Corberán switched shape and brought Marc Albrighton back into his line-up for QPR’s visit, and his side made an excellent start in B71.

With only 10 minutes on the clock John Swift delivered a fantastic free-kick to the back-post, which Thomas-Asante guided home.

And Albion’s advantage was soon doubled, Ajayi converting a rebound - at the second attempt - and netting his first of the season in the process.

Midway through the period QPR halved the deficit, though, thanks to Dykes’ well-placed header.

The teams then exchanged good opportunities ahead of the interval, captain Conor Townsend side-footing a shot narrowly wide before, down the other end, Jimmy Dunne nodded one just past the post.

Rangers found a leveller straight after half-time when Martin closed down Josh Griffiths’ clearance and diverted the ball into the net.

The boss responded and brought on Tom Rogic, Karlan Grant, Daryl Dike and, in a welcome return from injury, Jayson Molumby.

Grant sent a half-volley wide as Albion spent long periods with the ball but failing to create too many chances.

QPR might have stolen the victory late on, substitutes Taylor Richards and Andre Dozzell both seeing efforts go close, yet in the end the points were shared.

Albion: Griffiths; Furlong, Ajayi, Pieters, Townsend; Chalobah (Molumby 76), Gardner-Hickman (Rogic 61); Wallace, Swift, Albrighton (Grant 62); Thomas-Asante (Dike 76).

Substitutes: Palmer, Ingram, Andrews.

Attendance: 23,969