Fulham 2-1 QPR, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 1 - 1 Craven Cottage ( Attendance: 18,320 )
Queens Park Rangers’ winless run extended to five Championship games as they were edged out 2-1 by Fulham in a pulsating West London derby.
The Hoops were rewarded for a dominant start as Jordan Hugill bundled the ball home after just four minutes as Rangers enjoyed a flurry of opportunities.
But they were punished for failing to capitalise on the early chances with a lapse in concentration allowing Aboubakar Kamara to bring Fulham level, guiding a wonderful header into the corner.
Both sides were then denied by the post, Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak making important saves from Hugill and Nahki Wells in a first-half that rewarded attacking prowess.
Fulham’s liveliness increased in the second period and on 65 minutes completed their turnaround with Kamara claiming his second to seal all three points for the Cottagers.
The result moves Fulham into fourth in the table while QPR remain tenth in the table.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Joe Lumley’s poor distribution gave Kamara a golden opportunity he did not waste for his and Fulham’s second goal to make the prospect of a QPR win virtually impossible.
Moan of the Match
Fulham were incredibly wasteful in the opening period, constantly gifting possession away in dangerous areas, but QPR failed to punish them.
QPR have failed to keep a clean sheet so far this season – the only side in England’s top four tiers. How long will it be before they can shore up a leaky defence?
Man of the Match
Jordan Hugill – Perhaps the only QPR player that deserves a positive mention, scoring a goal and proving difficult for the home side to deal with.
Tweet of the Match
James Linington (Isle of Wight) – Was fair and balanced in his role and let the battle play out without handing out card after card, a good performance.
After a slow and passive start from the hosts, both Fulham and QPR warmed up the crowd to eventually create some noisy hostility fitting of a local derby.
Showing so much promise at the start, the Hoops were not clinical or disciplined enough to dominate proceedings and prevent the hosts from eventually gaining momentum and the win.
Rodak; Odoi, Mawson, Ream, Bryan; Johansen, Reed (Decordova-Reid, 54), Cairney; Knockaert (Christie, 76), Kamara, Cavaleiro (McDonald, 90+1)
Subs not used:
Bettinelli, Onamah, O’Riley, Kabano
Lumley; Kane, Hall, Leistner, Wallace, Manning; Eze, Ball (Mlakar, 81), Amos (Chair, 66); Hugill, Wells (Scowen, 66)
Subs not used:
Barnes, Smith, Pugh, Osayi-Samuel