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last updated Sunday 27th September 2015, 1:14 PM


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Fulham (3) 4-0 (0) QPR


Spare a thought for Charlie Austin. On the day he admitted his Euro 2016 prospects were effectively killed by his continued association with QPR in the Championship, he was part of that same side as they gave no indication that a promotion is due any time soon.

QPR were dreadful, pummelled by first-half strikes from Moussa Dembele, Ben Pringle and Ross McCormack, before the latter scored his second after 63 minutes.

That makes four games without a win now for QPR and in among it all was Austin, a blameless figure in the general malaise for he has seven goals this season. Here, he trickled a single shot at goal and was substituted with a hamstring injury after 59 minutes - a rotten end to a rotten night, in which QPR's woes were summed up by Tjarron Chery, who was hauled off by Chris Ramsey after only 35 minutes and stormed straight down the tunnel.

'I am disappointed with what he did - it is an internal matter,' Ramsey said. He earlier told talkSPORT that Chery's behaviour was 'absolutely appalling'.

Ramsey added: 'Hopefully it was a bad day at the office for us at best. We were poor all round with lots of individual errors. We didn't compete in the way I want them to compete. We caused ourselves problems with soft goals.'

That has been the general problem this season, with 17 goals conceded meaning QPR have jointly the worst defensive record in the Championship. 'I am very concerned about it,' Ramsey added.

For Fulham, they now have three wins in four Championship games and the knowledge that they have not been beaten at home by QPR since 1980. At times, the home crowd sang 'We want six' in reference to their 6-0 win at Craven Cottage in 2011. They really were not far off.

Manager Kit Symons said: 'It is the most pleasing since I came here, especially because it was against local rivals. It was a massive night for the club.

'It is not that long people saying "Symons out" after Huddersfield (a 1-1 draw in August) but I have total faith in how we work and the players.'

It took only one minute for QPR to look rattled, Green fumbling a corner from Pringle. The wait for a goal lasted barely a minute longer, with Dembele beating Gabriele Angella to a James Husband cross and heading past Green.

Pringle added a second with a good, low strike across Green after Alejandro Faurlin got careless with a pass on the edge of his own area and McCormack made it 3-0, finding space away from Nedum Onuaha and slipping a shot past the former England goalkeeper with his left foot.

McCormack got his second - his sixth in six games in all competitions - and their could have been more. Jamie O'Hara was excellent, as was Pringle and all components of the attack. It was an effective team performance.

Symons said: 'Ross is in a good vein of form with his goals but I think he can get better. He still comes too deep at times. That is starting to come.'

Ramsey had no such encouragement. Consecutive wins are generally enough to cure all ills in this compact division but already he has plenty to think about.

His side had one notable chance, when Matt Phillips and Austin created some space and an opportunity for Massimo Luongo in the first half. He went clean through and did not force a save, sending his shot into the side netting. Not a terrible miss but not a good shot.

Sadly for Ramsey, no one else in his squad could do any better.























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