QPR secure vital win over West Brom to blow the relegation battle wide open

QPR claimed their second away win of the season to give themselves a fighting chance of Premier League survival.

Things were looking bleak for QPR ahead of a tricky-looking trip to West Brom on Saturday.

Having only picked up points in one away game this season before the clash, not many expected them to pick up a 4-1 victory at Tony Pulis’ resurgent Baggies.

But goals from Eduardo Vargas, Charlie Austin, Bobby Zamora and Joey Barton were enough for Chris Ramsey’s side to move within one point of safety ahead of 17th-placed Sunderland’s derby against rivals Newcastle on Sunday.

It shows that QPR are a different animal away from home these days, after losing 11 consecutive away games upon promotion to the top flight.

A victory over a stable Premier League club such as West Brom is a major statement; they are determined to stay up.

The result has blown the relegation battle wide open and means that it is not as clear cut as people thought it was.

After Hull City and Aston Villa both lost tricky away games of their own, QPR closed the gap on those two clubs to just three points.

The relegation battle got even more intense after bottom side Leicester City moved to within four points of safety with a crucial victory over West Ham.

The results mean that the bottom six sides are now separated by just six points as we reach the closing stages of a pulsating season.

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