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Fulham beat QPR - Match Report Cham MD17

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Match Report

Fulham (0) 2-1 (1) QPR

Championship Match Day 17 1920 at Craven Cottage

Friday 22nd November 2019     KO: 19:45

Referee: James Linington (Newport, IOW)

Fulham striker Aboubakar Kamara
Fulham striker
Aboubakar Kamara
Aboubakar Kamara
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Fulham put their ability to cope without Aleksandar Mitrovic on show on Friday evening, as Aboubakar Kamara's double saw them come from behind to beat west London rivals QPR 2-1.

Scott Parker's team were made to work for their victory at Craven Cottage, though, having gone behind to Jordan Hugill's third-minute improvised effort that was quickly confirmed by the goal decision system.

Kamara headed a well-taken equaliser in the 27th minute and though the hosts hit the post twice, they never looked like conceding after the striker's clinical second (64).

Fulham move into fourth in the Sky Bet Championship standings as a result, with Rangers' five-game winless streak leaving them 10th.

While Championship top scorer Mitrovic was suspended for the hosts, QPR boss Mark Warburton had Hugill at his disposal and, within three minutes, he displayed his own capabilities in front of goal by when he gave the hosts the lead.

Match Stats Fulham QPR
Goals (0) 2 1 (1)
Scorers Kamara 27 Hugill 3
Kamara 64
Goal attempts 11 19
On target 4 7
Shooting Accuracy 36% 37%
Possession 50% 50%
Passes 391 380
Passes Success 80% 76%
Crosses 13 23
Crosses Success 8% 9%
Corners 4 11
Tackles 23 25
Tackles Success 61% 44%
Saves 7 2
Fouls 13 15
Offsides 1 2
Yellows 1 0
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Just moments earlier, Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak had given away a cheap throw on the right, allowing Todd Kane to cross for Hugill in the six-yard box.

Despite his best efforts, Denis Odoi's hooked clearance could not prevent the ball crossing the line.

Initially, the hosts looked shell-shocked and could not break out of midfield.

But when they did, they got back on level terms in style, with Kamara guiding home a brilliant cross from Odoi.

Just after the half-hour mark, Ivan Cavaleiro went close to turning the game in the Cottagers' favour for the first time as he hit the base of the post from Tom Cairney's through ball.

A stalemate with struggling Middlesbrough followed by a 3-0 defeat to Hull had put pressure on Parker, but in truth, Rangers offered little after the break and were behind after 64 minutes when Stefan Johansen set up Kamara to dispatch a deserved second.

Anthony Knockaert hit the post soon after, but though the visitors stepped things up a notch in the closing minutes, they could not find an equaliser to end their run of more than a month without victory.

Last season, Kamara was ostracised from the Fulham squad after a serious of rows with Aleksandar Mitrovic, but in the Serbia striker's absence, he proved the perfect tonic to their striking worries.

The 24-year-old looked lively throughout the 90 minutes and took his two goals superbly. But will he keep his spot up front in midweek? It's certainly going to prove to be a headache for Parker over the weekend.

Fulham: Rodak, Odoi, Mawson, Ream, Bryan, Johansen, Reed (De Cordova-Reid 54), Cairney, Knockaert (Christie 76), Kamara, Cavaleiro (McDonald 90)

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Kebano, Onomah, O'Riley

Kamara 27 (header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Denis Odoi with a cross.)
Kamara 64 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.)

Booked: Bryan (61,f),

QPR: Lumley, Kane, Hall, Leistner, Wallace, Manning, Eze, Ball (Mlakar 81), Amos (Chair 66), Hugill, Wells (Scowen 66)

Unused substitutes: Barnes, Smith, Pugh, Bright Samuel

Hugill 3 (right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.)

Referee: James Linington (Newport, IOW)

Attendance: 18,320

Source Dan Long at Sky Sports
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