West Brom grabbed all three points with a dramatic late win against QPR on Tuesday night, and the performance of Jacob Murphy had a little bit of everything.
West Brom are now one point behind the automatic promotion chasers, although Leeds United have played one games less than the rest of the top four.
The Baggies made up their game in hand on Tuesday, travelling to Loftus Road to take on Steve McClaren’s QPR.
Jefferson Montero opened the scoring on his first start for the club, firing past Joe Lumley after just five minutes.
Luke Freeman levelled for the hosts, but a breakaway goal from Murphy put the Baggies back in front on the hour mark.
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The hosts then equalised again through a Tomer Hemed penalty, but Jake Livermore delivered the goods in stoppage time, burying Mason Holgate’s low cross to win the match 3-2.
While there were plenty of good performances – Ahmed Hegazi and Holgate were superb – Murphy’s all-action display is definitely the major talking point.
The 23 year-old was a key player in Newcastle’s promotion season, but has made almost no impact in the Premier League.
He joined the Baggies on loan in January, and this was definitely his best performance so far. The youngster took five shots, three of which were on target, and also completed two dribbles.
Murphy also showed the wasteful side of his game though, completing just 63 per cent of his passes and finding a Baggies shirt with just two of his 15 cross attempts.
The Newcastle loanee was also dispossessed twice and recorded two unsuccessful touches.
West Brom were clearly wise to sign Murphy last month, as the young attacker’s speed and energy is a huge threat in the Championship.
His lack of quality on the ball is what cost him a chance to succeed in the top flight though, and it showed itself again on Tuesday night.
All things considered, the Baggies should not attempt to sign the 23 year-old permanently if they get promoted, the old cliché of “finding his level” has never been so accurate.