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Stefan Johansen’s poor performance almost cost West Brom at Loftus Road

Stefan Johansen’s poor performance almost cost West Brom at Loftus Road

A meeting with the worst team in 2019, Queen Park Rangers, could well have been the unlikely downfall of promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion had Jake Livermore not rescued the game at the last.

Darren Moore’s visit to the capital should have been a routine victory after recently seeing off rivals Aston Villa in emphatic style, but it was anything but.

Despite opening the scoring through debutant Jefferson Montero, currently on loan from Swansea City, the visitors were intent on making things hard for themselves.

Shortly after Albion’s first, QPR made their pressure count and equalised through Luke Freeman.

The away side made short work of restoring their lead through in-form Jacob Murphy before disappointingly giving away a penalty, which substitution Hemed duly rifled home in the 75th-minute.

A well-deserved draw from QPR’s perspective looked all but secure before West Brom’s Mason Holgate provided his second assist in as many games teeing up Jake Livermore in the final seconds of the game.

Desperately unlucky for Steve McClaren’s men who fought valiantly throughout the game but have now lost six on the bounce and are yet to register a single victory so far this year.

With such a fragile victory comes questions of individual performances, and some West Brom players simply weren’t good enough on Tuesday.

Stefan Johansen stood out as particularly poor for us.

The Fulham loanee looked way off the mark compared to his debut performance.

His sloppy mistake led to Freeman’s goal in the first-half and things scarcely improved for his for the remainder of the game.

The Norwegian laboured through the remainder of the game and simply didn’t look up to the task after his earlier error.

A welcome substitute for veteran Gareth Barry in the 65th-minute.

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