Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cox Saves the Baggies' Night; West Brom Striker Equalises Deep into Injury Time

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cox Saves the Baggies' Night; West Brom Striker Equalises Deep into Injury Time

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West Bromwich Albion 2 Queen's Park Rangers 2 WEST Brom striker Simon Cox denied QPR a memorable victory with a 94th-minute equaliser which saved the Coca-Cola Championship high-flyers from a second successive home defeat.

Manager Jim Magilton was absent for the first time following his suspension pending an internal investigation into an incident at Vicarage Road last week involving Akos Buzsaky.

The Hungary international was not in Rangers' matchday 18 at The Hawthorns due to injury, but temporary managers Steve Gallen and Marc Bircham looked to have enjoyed a debut to remember.

For all Albion's dominance they failed to punish the visitors and a Jonas Olsson own goal was quickly followed up on the hour mark by Kaspars Gorkss' header.

But West Brom never gave up and Jerome Thomas reduced the deficit before Cox's late, late leveller.

The draw means the Baggies failed to capitalise on Newcastle's draw with Barnsley at the weekend - with the Magpies now seven points clear at the top of the Championship. It also leaves Rangers without a win in eight games while second-placed Albion have nonetheless stretched their advantage over the chasing pack to four points.

QPR keeper Radek Cerny endured a nightmare start as he made a complete hash of three attempted clearances. The first chance fell to Cox after 15 minutes but he could only head Joe Mattock's leftwing cross straight at Cerny from close range when he really should have done better. Impressive on-loan midfielder Adel Taarabt forced a solid parry from Dean Kiely at the other end, who was taking his place between the sticks due to Scott Carson's suspension.

Despite his nervy start, Cerny proved his worth for the visitors after 26 minutes when he got half a hand on Thomas's shot after he found himself one on one. And then with the ball trickling to the line, the Rangers stopper recovered to his feet to push it to safety.

Gianni Zuiverloon fired well over when played into a great position by some neat approach play and an incisive throughball from Chris Brunt - summing up the first half in a single move. …

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