West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine was left frustrated by his side’s slack defending from set-pieces after they gave away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Queens Park Rangers.
The Baggies started strongly in their Matchday 17 English Premier League match at Loftus Road, with Joleon Lescott and Silvestre Varela scoring their first goals for the club to put the Hawthorns outfit two up after 20 minutes.
But Irvine’s men wasted chances to increase their lead and were made to pay by the hosts’ hat-trick hero Charlie Austin, as QPR mounted a stunning fightback to secure all three points.
Irvine told BBC Sport: “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 as clinical as our play deserved because I thought we played really well in the game.”
“It’s bitterly disappointing to leave with nothing. I would have been disappointed with a point.”
“We’ve been so close to getting good results week in, week out but, if we can tidy up at both ends, we should be okay.”
The defeat leaves Albion in 14th place in the league table, two points clear of third-bottom Burnley ahead of a tough Boxing Day home clash with reigning league champions Manchester City.