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Fulham beat QPR - Match Report Cham MD 40

last updated Tuesday 30th June 2020, 10:29 PM

Match Report

QPR (1) 1-2 (1) Fulham

Championship Match Day 40 at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

Tuesday 30th June 2020    KO: 18:30

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

Fulham midfielder Matt O'Riley
Fulham defender
Harry Arter
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Fulham defender Cyrus Christie's first league goal for Fulham earned Scott Parker's team a Championship promotion lifeline in a 2-1 win at QPR.

The Republic of Ireland full-back's thundering 25-yard drive sealed a stuttering Fulham's first points since the league resumption, following defeats by Brentford and Leeds.

Jordan Hugill headed Rangers into a first-minute lead to hand Fulham a horror start, but Harry Arter forced an equaliser amid a Liam Kelly error before Christie's stunner settled the argument.

Brentford extended their 100 per cent record since the league's resumption to three matches with a 3-0 victory at Reading, leaving Fulham sweating on a return to winning ways.

They struggled again for large parts of this Loftus Road clash, with QPR hugely unfortunate to wind up empty-handed.

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Ryan Manning's late header from a corner struck the bar, with Marek Rodek beaten all ends up.

Fulham boss Parker will doubtless snatch this result with no questions asked on the night - but with plenty of improvement required in the days and weeks ahead.

Parker's side must still face promotion rivals Nottingham Forest, Cardiff and West Brom in a testing run-in, and the ex-England midfielder will need no explanation of the upsurge in form that is now required.

The hosts were ahead almost before Fulham had touched the ball.

Bright Samuel laid off to Ryan Manning and the full-back stood up a hanging cross into the six-yard box.

Hugill towered over the hapless Tim Ream and nodded neatly into the bottom of the net.

Fulham needed almost 20 minutes to find their feet, with Harrison Reed eventually striking a post with a half-volley from distance.

Kelly should have saved the ugly effort and was reprieved by a post.

Match Stats QPR Fulham
Goals (1) 1 2 (1)
Scorers Hugill 1 Arter 21
Christie 75
Goal attempts 11 14
On target 2 5
Shooting Accuracy 18% 36%
Possession 44% 56%
Passes 323 420
Passes Success 70% 75%
Crosses 19 12
Crosses Success 26% 25%
Corners 6 6
Tackles 13 18
Tackles Success 69% 50%
Saves 3 1
Fouls 8 10
Offsides 5 1
Yellows 2 3
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
The Rangers stopper had no such luck, however, when Arter struck from 20 yards and his low effort squirmed home.

Kelly should have pulled off a regulation save but could only lay a weak palm to the strike.

Mark Warburton's men finished the half the stronger, however, and should have been back in front when Samuel conjured a perfect cut-back from the left flank.

Luke Amos raced on to a ball that was positively begging to be buried, but blazed wildly over when placement would have done the trick.

The lurking Ebere Eze had given way to the onrushing Amos, and was immediately and obviously kicking himself for the unselfish act.

As the half dwindled out, Hugill chested down, spun goalwards and lashed towards the top corner from 20 yards, but Rodak was able to tip over the bar.

Anthony Knockaert saw a curled effort tipped away by Kelly after the break, before Michael Hector headed the resulting corner straight at the home goalkeeper.

For large swathes Rangers appeared to be pushing the harder for a winner, but one crisp strike was all it took for that to change.

Full-back Christie latched on to the ball 30 yards out, trotted forward five more and hammered the ball cleanly into the net.

This time QPR 'keeper Kelly had absolutely no chance, as Fulham's Coventry-born defender produced the decisive moment.

QPR: Kelly, Kakay, Cameron, Barbet, Kane (Shodipo 80), Ball (Chair 90), Amos, Manning, Eze, Bright Samuel (Oteh 80), Hugill

Unused substitutes: Lumley, Rangel, Masterson, Gubbins, Bettache, Clarke

Hugill 1 (header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Manning with a cross.)

Booked: Kakay 23 (f), Hugill 45+2 (f)

Fulham: Rodak, Christie, Hector, Ream, Odoi, Cairney (McDonald 90), Reed, Arter (Onomah 70), Cavaleiro (S Sessegnon 90), De Cordova-Reid (Le Marchand 79), Knockaert (Bryan 70)

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Johansen, De La Torre, Jasper

Arter 21 (left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.)
Christie 75 (right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Onomah.)

Booked: Christie 32 (f), Cairney 53 (f), Knockaert 64 (f),

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

Attendance: 0

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