Belfast Telegraph

Long leaves it late to save Baggies

Shane Long's late goal helped West Brom rescue a point from a 1-1 draw with QPR.

The home side looked set to win when Heidar Helguson netted for the fourth successive Premier League match after 20 minutes when he headed in Joey Barton's cross.

But substitute Peter Odemwingie ghosted down the left flank and his superb cross was tucked away by Ireland international Long at the back post.

James Morrison fired in the first shot of the afternoon in the ninth minute, before Shaun Wright-Phillips and Barton had attempts of their own at the other end.

Neither managed to test West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster, but Radek Cerny was being tested regularly. He thwarted a weak Gareth McAuley header before then doing well to stop a Jerome Thomas effort.

Jamie Mackie's mazy run in the box was halted by a fine tackle, but the ball fell kindly for Barton to loft a first-time ball to the back post for Helguson to head home.

QPR thought they had doubled their advantage moments later when Wright-Phillips showed great technique to fire past Foster, although the winger's goal was disallowed for a tight offside call.

Barton controlled the ball after a blocking a clearance, played a neat one-two with Helguson and then curled just wide under pressure from Foster.

Armand Traore hassled the Albion goalkeeper but Wright-Phillips not could direct home the left-back's cross.

Odemwingie then outpaced Luke Young down the left flank and Long tucked home from close range at the back post.


From Belfast Telegraph