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QPR (0) 1-3 (3) Fulham

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was stunned by QPR's dismal performance and could not explain their defeat. Rangers were blitzed by three first-half goals in a one-sided west London derby at Loftus Road with Ross McCormack, Moussa Dembélé and Tom Cairney scoring for the visitors.

The substitute Tjaronn Chery scored in the last minute for the hosts, who were unbeaten in their previous five matches.

Asked why Rangers had performed so poorly, Hasselbaink, appointed manager in December, said: "I don't know.

I will have to watch the video and review it.

What I do know is that it was not acceptable.

The fans deserve better and we deserve better to ourselves.

We had put the standard down in the previous matches and this was well under that standard. We were making steps forward and I didn't see this coming at all.

"It's two steps back.

It's now about starting again, getting things right, taking responsibility and starting to look at ourselves again.

I'm not going to single out individuals.

We are a team, and as a team we were well under par."

McCormack, who scored twice in his team's 4-0 hammering of QPR in September, gave his side the lead in the 35th minute.

He drifted between the centre-backs, Grant Hall and Nedum Onuoha, to collect Cairney's clever pass before firing past the Rangers keeper, Alex Smithies.

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

In first-half stoppage time, Cairney scored from the rebound after Dembélé's shot had hit the post.

Hall, in attempting to block Cairney's follow-up, deflected the ball past Smithies, who might otherwise have made the save.

Rangers were booed by the home fans at half-time and on occasions during the second half.

Hasselbaink said: "They were getting frustrated. It is what it is. Do I like it? No. Do I want them to cheer on our players? Yes, of course.

"Will getting behind the players help them play better instead of booing them? Yes. But I understand their frustration.

"Do I say they should do it [boo]? No. We need their support until the last minute.

I have asked for that and will keep on asking for that.

They have to be our 12th man even when things are not going right.

They can lift the players.

But we know how it is. Hopefully, in the next match we can put it right."

Slavisa Jokanovic, on the other hand, savoured a resounding victory - Fulham's first win since his first game in charge on 29 December, when he watched from the stands.

"After a month of them suffering, I am happy for our supporters," the Serb said. "It was a great day for us and I believe we deserved that.

"At the end we didn't take the chance to get a clean sheet, but that's the only thing we could do better. We are working very hard to try to be competitive and concentrated, and this match was very positive for us.

"The players have been working very hard in training and this is good for their confidence - they can start to believe they are really good footballers and can play good football.

"This team can score goals. They scored them before I arrived.

We need to find a balance and be more competitive and more solid to be a better team than we are. This is only one game.

It's important now for us to keep on going and keep winning games."

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