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Fulham 4-0 QPR Cham 08 1516 - Daily Star

last updated Sunday 27th September 2015, 1:19 PM

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Fulham (3) 4-0 (0) QPR

QPR'S prize asset Charlie Austin limped off as their shambolic defence helped West London rivals Fulham wrap up all three points inside 31 minutes.

The £15m hitman may be Championship top scorer but Rangers' hopes of a Premier League return are already close to being killed off by their slack backline.

Moussa Dembele, Ben Pringle and Ross McCormack all benefitted to put the Cottagers in dreamland while the latter added a fourth after the break.

With Austin going off early in the second half, these are worrying times for Chris Ramsey. It continued QPR's misery at Craven Cottage, a ground they have now failed to win at since 1980.

And seven-goal Austin must be upset a move to a Premier League club did not go through on this evidence.

QPR have now conceded as many goals as basement boys Bristol City and Rotherham.

But for Fulham, this was a performance that may well kick-start their own chances of a return to the big league.

Kit Symons has slowly moulded a more solid side from the one that were relegated from the Premier League 16 months ago.

It was Dembele, 19, who gave the hosts a fifth minute lead powering home a header from James Husband's cross just two minutes in as Rangers' defence fell asleep.

McCormack shot into the side netting from Dembele's pass as Fulham continued to dominate.

QPR could have levelled when Massimo Luongo shot wide from Matty Phillips' slick pass.

But Fulham went further ahead on 19 minutes after Alejandro Faurlin had given the ball away and Pringle capitalised with a finish from the edge of the area.

Austin had a half chance to level when he shot straight at Andy Lonergan shortly afterwards.

However any QPR hopes of a comeback were ended on 31 minutes as Symons' side scored a fine-goal.

There were 13 passes with Tom Cairney eventually finding McCormack who made no mistake with a left footed effort from inside the area.

QPR were lucky to keep the scoreline before the break, Dembele missing the target after Karl Henry had given the ball away.

The visitors' misery continued in the second half as Austin was forced off with an apparent right leg muscle injury.

Then on 63 minutes, McCormack bundled home after Dembele had hit the bar from Ryan Fredericks' cross for his sixth goal in six games.

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