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Fulham thrash QPR ~ Ch. Match Report MD30

last updated Saturday 13th February 2016, 5:46 PM

Match Report

Queens Park Rangers (0) 1-3 (3) Fulham

Championship Match Day 30 1516 at Loftus Road Stadium

Saturday 13th February 2016    KO: 12:30

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Live on SkySports 1

Fulham striker Ross McCormack
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Fulham posted a first win under Slavisa Jokanovic on Saturday as they sealed an emphatic Sky Bet Championship double over west-London rivals QPR with a 3-1 triumph at Loftus Road.

The hosts were blitzed by three goals in the final 10 minutes of the first half, scored by Ross McCormack, Moussa Dembele and Tom Cairney.

Substitute Tjarron Chery netted a stoppage-time consolation for Rangers, who were otherwise dismal, as Jokanovic enjoyed victory for the first time since being appointed Fulham head coach on December 27.

McCormack, who bagged a brace in his team's 4-0 hammering of QPR in September, drifted between centre-backs Grant Hall and Nedum Onuoha to collect Cairney's clever pass and fired past Alex Smithies.

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele
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Worse followed for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side when Dembele headed home Jamie O'Hara's left-wing cross to double the visitors' lead five minutes before half-time.

And in first-half stoppage time, Cairney netted from the rebound after Dembele's shot had hit the post. Hall, in attempting to block Cairney's follow-up, inadvertently deflected the ball past Smithies, who might otherwise have made the save.

Fulham goalkeeper Andy Lonergan had gathered Matt Phillips' header from Jamie Mackie's cross early on, but after that the visitors took control.

Rangers goalkeeper Smithies saved at his near post to deny Lasse Vigen Christensen, who then went off injured after just six minutes.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney
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Smithies also palmed the ball away to prevent an unmarked McCormack getting to a cross from O'Hara, who had a long-range effort saved, but Rangers' reprieve was only temporary and by the interval Fulham were in command.

With the game as good as lost, QPR at least mustered a determined start to the second half, and appealed in vain for a penalty when Phillips' free-kick struck Scott Parker's arm.

Match Stats QPR Fulham
Goals (0) 1 3 (3)
Scorers Chery 90'+1 McCormack 35
    Dembele 40
    Cairney 45'+2
Goal attempts 11 16
On target 6 9
Shooting Accuracy 55% 56%
Possession 40% 60%
Passes 305 486
Pass Success 57% 73%
Crosses 26 15
Crosses Success 4% 33%
Corners 11 5
Tackles 17 23
Tackles Success 53% 70%
Saves 6 5
Fouls 9 8
Offsides 2 4
Yellows 2 2
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
The home fans, who jeered their team's abject performance, also felt Dan Burn could have been red-carded for bringing down Mackie after the Fulham defender had been put in trouble by Fernando Amorebieta's loose pass.

But referee Tim Robinson felt Fulham debutant Michael Madl was close enough for Burn not to be deemed the last man, and he was shown a yellow card.

Having been a spectator for much of the game, Lonergan produced a stunning to save to keep out James Perch's header and also pushed away a powerful shot from substitute Nasser El Khayati.

Lonergan also did well to get to a low shot from Chery, who eventually found the net by rifling in from eight yards following Daniel Tozser's right-wing corner.

It denied Fulham what would have been only their third clean sheet in the league this season - one of the other two shut-outs having come in their thrashing of QPR at Craven Cottage.

Queens Park Rangers: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips (Chery 76'), Luongo, Tözsér, Hoilett (El Khayati 53'); Mackie, Polter (Washington 45')
Unused substitutes: Ingram, Hill, Henry, Petrasso

Chery 90'+1(left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.)

Booked: Onuoha (48,d), Hall (82,f)

Fulham: Lonergan; Fredericks, Madl, Burn, Amorebieta, Christensen (Garbutt 6'); Cairney, Parker (Ince 78'), O'Hara; McCormack, Dembele (Hyndman 84')
Unused substitutes: Lewis, Jazz Richards, Kacaniklic, Matt Smith

McCormack 35 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a through ball.),
Dembele 40  (header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara with a cross.),
Cairney 45'+2 ( left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.)

Booked: Burn (67,f), O'Hara (68,f)

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Attendance: 17,335

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