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Fulham draw with QPR - Match Report Cham Md 38

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Match Report

Fulham (2) 2-2 (1) Queens Park Rangers

Championship Match Day 38 1718 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 17th March 2018     KO: 15:00

Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire)

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney
Fulham midfielder
Tom Cairney
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Fulham's efforts to step up their bid for an automatic promotion place suffered a setback as they squandered a two-goal lead and drew 2-2 with Queens Park Rangers at Craven Cottage.

Tom Cairney and Lucas Piazon had put Slavisa Jokanovic's side in control, but Massimo Luongo pulled one back for the visitors in first-half added-time before Pawel Wszolek completed the comeback in the 81st minute.

The draw at least meant the Cottagers set a new club record of 16 unbeaten league games.

But their failure to hold onto the lead meant they missed out on the chance to close the gap on second-placed Cardiff to five points, 24 hours before the Welsh side travel to face Derby.

Fulham winger Lucas Piazon
Fulham winger
Lucas Piazon
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Rangers deserved a point for their second-half recovery but they were assisted by a number of Fulham errors, in particular when Denis Odoi was caught in possession by Wszolek, allowing the winger to run clear on goal and finish past Marcus Bettinelli.

Jokanovic's side have been in formidable run of form at home, coming into the clash on the back of nine league wins at Craven Cottage.

And the confidence generated by recent results was evident in a positive start that saw them dominate early possession and almost force a fourth-minute opening goal.

Cairney found space on the edge of the Rangers area and drilled in a low shot that keeper Alex Smithies could only push into the path of Ryan Sessegnon, whose effort was ruled out for offside.

Sessegnon was denied again in the 22nd minute with a far-post header and it was no surprise when the breakthrough came 10 minutes later.

Match Stats Fulham QPR
Goals (2) 2 2 (1)
Scorers Cairney 32 Luongo 45'+3
Piazon 45 Wszolek 81
Goal attempts 11 13
On target 5 6
Shooting Accuracy 45% 46%
Possession 66% 34%
Passes 644 313
Pass Success 86% 74%
Crosses 17 26
Crosses Success 18% 35%
Corners 8 2
Tackles 15 14
Tackles Success 60% 71%
Saves 4 3
Fouls 8 13
Offsides 2 6
Yellows 2 3
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Piazon picked up a loose ball near halfway before Stefan Johansen picked out Cairney's forward run and the Fulham skipper placed a precise left-foot shot inside the post from 25 yards out.

Fulham keeper Bettinelli had been largely untroubled but was forced to make a good save to deny Wszolek after left back Matt Targett had carelessly given the ball away.

Moments later, Piazon doubled Fulham's lead in the 45th minute after Ryan Fredericks had delivered a low cross that was helped into the path of the Brazilian by Sessegnon.

The home side appeared in complete control but Rangers were handed a lifeline when Matt Smith headed Luke Freeman's free-kick down towards Luongo who hooked the ball past Bettinelli.

The goal had given Ian Holloway's side hope and Fulham were again guilty of creating problems for themselves when Fredericks needlessly gave the ball away inside his own half.

Rangers worked the ball towards Smith who had a clear run on goal and was denied by another good save from Bettinelli.

Fulham then paid a heavy price for their carelessness when Odoi gifted Wszolek the chance to level.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett, Cairney (Fonte 79), McDonald, Johansen, Piazon (Ayité 68), Mitrovic, R Sessegnon (Ojo 79)

Unused substitutes: Button, Christie, Norwood, Kamara

Cairney 32 (left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.) <
Piazon 45 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.)

Booked: Targett (86,f), Mitrovic (90+3,arg),

Queens Park Rangers: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Manning (Cousins 74), Luongo, Freeman, Wszolek, Eze (Smyth 69), Matt Smith (Washington 69)

Unused substitutes: Ingram, Baptiste, Perch, Bright Samuel

Luongo 45+3 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass following a set piece situation.)
Wszolek 81 (right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.)

Booked: Luongo (49,f), Cousins (89,f), Lynch (90+3,arg),

Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire)

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