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Fulham crush QPR ~ Ch. Match Report MD08

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Match Report

Fulham (3) 4-0 (0) QPR

Championship Match Day 08 1516 at Craven Cottage

Friday 25th September 2015    KO: 19:45

Ref: Kevin Friend

Sky 1

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele
Fulham striker
Moussa Dembele
Moussa Dembele

Fulham striker Ross McCormack scored twice as Fulham thrashed QPR 4-0 in the west London derby at Craven Cottage.

QPR would have moved up to third in the Championship table with a win but goals from Moussa Dembele, Ben Pringle and McCormack in the first 31 minutes scuppered that plan.

McCormack then wrapped up a convincing victory with his second just after the hour as Fulham moved to within a point of their opponents in the standings.

It took Fulham just 116 seconds to take the lead thanks to Dembele's towering downward header past Robert Green. James Husband provided the cross from the left and the forward leaped to meet it as marker Gabriele Angella remained grounded.

Fulham striker Ross McCormack
Fulham striker
Ross McCormack
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Fulham were back on the attack again not long after and Dembele was involved once more in setting McCormack free on the left of the box, but the Scot could only fire into the side-netting from a tight angle.

It took Rangers a while to muster a reply but a burst of speed from Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks was enough to stop Charlie Austin from latching on to a through ball.

A decent chance was then carved out by the visitors, with Austin involved in a swift interchange of passes that saw Massimo Luongo burst through on the left only to find the side-netting as well.

It was to prove costly as Fulham went down the other end and doubled their lead through Pringle in the 19th minute, although the visitors had only themselves to blame.

Ben Pringle
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The summer signing from Rotherham had seen his pass cut out by a defender but he was in the right place when Alejandro Faurlin surrendered possession cheaply and drilled past Green from 20 yards.

The Hoops were rocking and needed Angella to slide and and prevent McCormack from setting up a team-mate in front of goal.

The reprieve was short-lived, however, as McCormack made it 3-0 in the 31st minute to cap a fine move that saw Tom Cairney's pass open up the Rangers' defence once again.

R's coach Chris Ramsey made an instant change with Tjaronn Chery replaced by Jamie Mackie with 10 minutes still remaining in the first half, which ended with Dembele seeing an effort saved and McCormack firing wide from range.

Match Stats Fulham QPR
Goals (3) 4 0 (0)
Scorers Dembélé 2
  Pringle 19  
  McCormack 31  
  McCormack 63  
Goal attempts 13 7
On target 7 2
Shooting Accuracy 54% 29%
Possession 51% 49%
Passes 498 493
Pass Success 74% 71%
Crosses 21 13
Crosses Success 19% 15%
Corners 5 2
Tackles 18 13
Tackles Success 72% 77%
Saves 2 3
Fouls 5 10
Offsides 1 1
Yellows 0 1
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
Rangers, who replaced Mackie with Leroy Fer at half-time, looked more potent after the break but Richard Stearman did well to stop James Perch in the box before Fulham goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan dived to keep out Paul Konchesky's header.

Fulham remained on top, however, and Perch did well to avert danger before McCormack fired straight at Green. Rangers then made another change when Austin was forced off by injury in the 59th minute and Daniel Tozser came on.

McCormack made it 4-0 on the rebound in the 63rd minute after Fredericks had set up Dembele, who saw his shot under pressure loop up and brush the bar.

Ryan Tunnicliffe forced Green into another save with a long ranger but Fulham fans' demands for a repeat of a 6-0 thrashing of Rangers in October 2011 did not come to pass, although substitutes Cauley Woodrow and Kay Voser both came close to netting number five late on.

Fulham: Lonergan, Fredericks (Voser 77), Ream, Stearman, Husband, Cairney, Tunnicliffe, O'Hara (Christensen 65), Pringle, McCormack, Dembele (Woodrow 76)
Subs not used: Lewis, Mattila, Kavanagh, Burn

Dembele 2, (header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Husband with a cross)
Pringle 19, (left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.)
McCormack 31, (left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.)
McCormack 63, (right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.)

QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky, Henry, Faurlin, Phillips, Luongo, Chery (Mackie 35, Fer 45), Austin (Tozser 59)
Subs not used: Hall, Gladwin, Doughty, Smithies

Booked: Perch

Referee: Kevin Friend

Attendance: 19,784

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