The visitors’ second goal was an own-goal by Robert Green, who parried the ball into his own net under pressure from Marc-Antoine Fortune. Then, with just seconds left and the result poised at 2-1, Stephane Mbia pulled away at the back post to aim a header at goal that West Brom substitute Liam Ridgewell clearly handled.
“I think they were awful decisions. I think the ref got it completely wrong,” Redknapp raged after his side sank to bottom of the League thanks to Reading’s home draw with Swansea.
“I asked the linesman how did he not see the penalty, Ridgewell’s hand was up there, it’s the most blatant handball and he couldn’t see it. The linesman said it was murky down in that corner and he couldn’t see it, maybe he should go to Specsavers or somewhere.”
Rob Green, standing in for Julio Cesar who was an unused substitute following a back injury, was at fault for a Chris Brunt opener and it appeared he was outmuscled for West Brom’s second.
But Redknapp says there was nothing the former West Ham keeper could do under unfair duress from the West Brom forward.
“It was a blatant foul,” he said. “I hate hearing managers moan about decisions and getting robbed. I don’t do that or slag referees off or moan about decisions.
“Once a year I might have the hump with a referee, I never knock on their door but that today was poor, two vital decisions that would be so important to us went against us.
“How can the keeper play the ball when a fella is backing in over the line, he can’t get around him. If he pushes him over or out the way it’s a penalty. He had no intention of getting the ball he just wanted to stop the keeper getting to the ball. It was obstruction, how can it stand?”
The match was delayed by 10 minutes after heavy traffic delayed the West Brom team coach that did not arrive on South Africa Road until 2.10pm.
Once the tie was underway, it took QPR just one minute to threaten the visitors goal; Adel Taarabt reacted first to a poor West Brom clearance and when the ball fell to his team-mate Stephane Mbia he hit a rasping effort that fizzed narrowly past the side netting.
After their positive start it was typical of the sort of season QPR are enduring that they would go behind after half-an-hour. Taarabt, so dangerous in possession, failed to track Brunt and when the ball was rolled into his path he hit a skidding effort that beat Green low to his left.
Rangers’ bright start to the second half was soon extinguished in the sort of comedic fashion that has riddled their defence all season. A high ball in to their half was inexplicably punched into the net by Green, under pressure from Fortune.
Harry Redknapp made a doubled substitution with the game slipping away and he was rewarded almost immediately. Samba Diakite, on in place of Alejandro Faurlin, caressed a perfectly-weighted reverse pass into Djibril Cisse whose instinctive finish, on the turn, beat Ben Foster.
Mbia then peeled off to meet a pinpoint cross with a powerful header that Ridgewell blocked with his hand only for the referee’s assistant to fail to spot the foul, inside the penalty box, from a matter of yards.
West Brom boss Steve Clarke was naturally delighted by his side’s performance: “We should have got a third or fourth. Their goal was good and changed the complexion, it gave them life after they were dead.
“We can play good football and we can dig in when we have to,” he said.
QPR: Green 4; Silva 5 (Hoilett 64, 5) Ferdinand 5, Hill 5, Traore 5; Mackie 6, Faurlin 6 (Diakite 64, 5), Mbia 6, Wright-Phillips 6; Taarabt 7; Cisse 6.
WEST BROM: Foster 7, Jones 6, McAuley 6, Olsson 6, Popov 6 (Ridgewell 35, 6), Mulumbu 7, Morrison 7 (Tamas 86, 5), Fortune 7, Gera 7, Brunt, Lukaku 7 (Long 76, 6).
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).