Premier League QPR 3-2 victory over West Brom

 

Charlie Austin’s hat-trick helped Queens Park Rangers climb out of the Premier League’s bottom three as they came from 2-0 down to beat West Brom.

Joleon Lescott’s header and Silvestre Varela’s low strike, their first Albion goals, put the visitors in charge.

However, Austin fired in a penalty after Leroy Fer was pulled back to reduce the deficit at the break.

Austin volleyed in from three yards to level and completed his hat-trick with a header from another corner to win it.

It was the striker’s 11th goal of the season, cementing his position as the leading English goalscorer in the top flight behind Manchester City’s Argentina forward Sergio Aguero and Chelsea’s Spanish striker Diego Costa.

Here are what both managers had to share:

PR manager Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports News: “Charlie is a great story. He’s struggled around non-league for years and suddenly gets a break. It’s Roy of the Rovers stuff. “He is a great lad and you could not wish it on a better boy. He’s been out on a building site in the freezing cold and knows what it’s like.

“A lot of lads get given everything, he’s worked for it. He’s a great example.”

West Brom head coach Alan Irvine said: “We deserved to win the game and the fact that we didn’t was down to us not defending well at three corners and not being clinical. “Austin is a top player. As I said this week when I was Sheffield Wednesday manager I wanted to sign him. He looks a very good player.

“It’s bitterly disappointing to leave with nothing as I would have been disappointed with just a point.”

Goal Summary…

QPR (Austin 24’, 48,86)

West Brom (Lescott 10’; Varela 20’)

 

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