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Summary

  1. Moussa Dembele headed Fulham opener
  2. Ben Pringle doubled lead from 18 yards
  3. Ross McCormack netted either side of half-time
  4. Charlie Austin went off injured in second half

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By Andrew Aloia

All times stated are UK

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FT: Fulham 4-0 QPR

Ben Pringle
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Well this wraps things up for the night.

Fulham blaze their way up to 11th in the table with a polished performance that is rightfully being welcomed as their best of the season to date.

Moussa Dembele got the Whites off the the ideal start, netting after just 117 seconds.

Ben Pringle added a fine second from 18 yards and captain Ross McCormack made it 3-0 on 31 minutes, finishing what was a superb team move.

McCormack's fourth came after QPR's leading scorer Charlie Austin limped off with a hamstring injury. It begs the question, just how costly was this defeat for QPR?

As we bid farewell, join us again on Saturday for live text commentary of MK Dons v Derby County (kick-off 12:30 BST).

Match reaction

FT: Fulham 4-0 QPR

Fulham captain Ross McCormack, told Sky Sports after scoring twice: "We want to challenge, we have always said that the play-offs are the aim and we are not going to change that. We are just going to go about our business."

Match reaction

FT: Fulham 4-0 QPR

Moussa Dembele, Fulham's first goalscorer, told Sky Sports: "I think that was our best performance this season, we kept the clean sheet and scored some goals.

"I'm enjoying having game time and having the manager believe in me."

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While we wait for reaction, have a look at tonight's match report from Phil Cartwright here.

It will make for happy reading for Fulham fans, not so much for the QPR faithful.

Fulham v QPR match report
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FT: Fulham 4-0 QPR

Will have reaction coming shortly.

Sure to be a happy Fulham voice or two.

FULL-TIME: Fulham 4-0 QPR

And the whistle goes on what has been a magnificent night for Fulham in the west London derby.

Nothing but misery for QPR as they wilted at Craven Cottage. They travelled just a few miles for this match, but there was truly a gulf in class.

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Ben Pringle close to making it five, turning to shoot from 18 yards but firing just wide.

Fulham 4-0 QPR

Surely this is Fulham's first Championship clean sheet of the season in their grasp now with a minute remaining.

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Fulham fans singing their team home on what has been a thoroughly convincing display.

This west London derby has been a one-sided affair, which will come at a cost for QPR with leading scorer Charlie Austin injured in the second half. 

Fulham 4-0 QPR

Five added minutes to come.

Fulham 4-0 QPR

Almost a fifth goal for Fulham as substitute Kay Voser gets a shot in from the edge of the box, but he puts it well over.

Fulham 4-0 QPR

Into the final minutes now, we will bring immediate post-match reaction from this west London derby.

Fulham 4-0 QPR

Victory for Fulham tonight will see them move back into the top half of the Championship.

QPR look to slide one place to 10th in the league, with Fulham now just a spot behind.

Fulham 4-0 QPR

Cauley Woodrow, the man who had scored with every shot this season before tonight, goes close again.

A great run from James Husband down the left and the ball finds the substitute, who fires low and hard but just wide of the post.

Fulham 4-0 QPR

With seven minutes of regular time left, the points are very much staying at Craven Cottage tonight.

Question is, can they hang on for their first clean sheet of the season?

YELLOW CARD

Fulham 4-0 QPR

First caution of the night goes to QPR full-back James Perch for his challenge on Ross McCormack.

The Scotland international has been a handful all night. Might as well stop him by foul means.

SUBSTITUTION

Fulham 4-0 QPR

Kay Voser now comes into the action for Ryan Fredericks and that is all of Fulham's substitutes for the night now.

SUBSTITUTION

Fulham 4-0 QPR

Moussa Dembele
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Another change for Fulham as Moussa Dembele is replaced Cauley Woodrow. Dembele's header put Fulham in front inside two minutes.

And this is just what QPR need, as a remarkable statistic for Woodrow is that he has scored with both of his shots at goal this season. Another touch and we could be looking at 5-0?

Fulham 4-0 QPR

And it is that man Ryan Tunnicliffe again who makes QPR work. This time it is a fiercely struck 30-yard effort that Robert Green has to deal with. Just too close to the visiting keeper to be a real worry.

Fulham 4-0 QPR

Ryan Tunnicliffe has been immense in midfield.

For all the attacking inputs he has given Fulham tonight, he has been tireless in his defensive duties. The Whites have suffocated QPR in the middle of the pitch and really have this game sewn up.

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Craven Cottage has been full of song all night.

With Moussa Dembele netting early on, Ben Pringle lashing home wonderfully, Ross McCormack's double and a polished defensive performance, they should be hoarse with delight.

SUBSTITUTION

Fulham 4-0 QPR

Fulham with their first change of the game as midfielder Jamie O'Hara makes way for Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Fulham 4-0 QPR

#bbcfootball While not amazing, it's a far better start for Fulham this season.

Yes, at this stage last season Fulham had waved goodbye to Felix Magath and had yet to win in the league.

GOAL (McCormack)

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Ross McCormack with a tap in finish for his second.

Ryan Fredericks cuts the ball back looking for Moussa Dembele and an attempted clearance from Gabriele Angella comes back off the crossbar. McCormack is there to pounce for Fulham's fourth.

Can Fulham keep a clean sheet?

Fulham 3-0 QPR

Fulham goalkeeper Andy Lonergan
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Is tonight the night?

While Fulham are yet to record a clean sheet in the league, they got through two rounds of the League Cup without conceding before losing 1-0 to Stoke City on Tuesday.

Prior to tonight, QPR had kept just one clean sheet in eight league games themselves. Tonight's performance highlights exactly why.

SUBSTITUTION

Fulham 3-0 QPR

And the Championship's top goal scorer Charlie Austin is replaced by Daniel Toszer.

Seems that over extension trying to get a shot on goal was too much for Austin's hamstring.

Is there any way back for QPR now that the man who has scored half of their league goals this season has been forced off?

Fulham 3-0 QPR

Charlie Austin is the latest QPR player to get treatment.

Are we about to see QPR's greatest hope of fighting back into this one go off?

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Fulham 3-0 QPR

As a QPR fan, a result like this has been coming for a while... It's just annoying that it's got to be against Fulham. #bbcfootball

Fulham 3-0 QPR

Jamie O'Hara whips in a dangerous cross from the right across the face of goal and QPR's James Perch does well to deal with it, sending the ball out for a corner.

Fulham 3-0 QPR

Paul Konchesky showing no signs of pain as he has been heavily involved in a period of sustained pressure from QPR.

However, his header straight at Andy Lonergan in Fulham's goal was hopeful at best as an attempt.

Fulham 3-0 QPR

Fulham's Richard Stearman makes a well-timed tackle on James Perch, and it needed to be as Perch ran into the box after some of the best build-up play that QPR have strung together all night.

Fulham 3-0 QPR

Pointless co-host and Fulham fan Richard Osman posted this on Twitter before kick-off tonight. He's right so far...

Oh Fulham, please, please, please beat QPR tonight. Even 3-0 would do #ffc #COYW

Fulham 3-0 QPR

Paul Konchesky is getting treatment on his right thigh. Will manager Chris Ramsey be forced into another change? A night of a number of heavy hits for QPR so far.

SUBSTITUTION

Fulham 3-0 QPR

Netherlands international Leroy Fer is a half-time change, with the QPR midfielder replacing Jamie Mackie, who himself came on to replace Tjaronn Chery after 34 minutes.

Mackie did take a knock moments after joining the action, surely that is the reason for the short stay?

KICK-OFF

Fulham 3-0 QPR

And Fulham kick the second half off.

QPR's winless run continues?

Fulham 3-0 QPR

Fulham v QPR
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QPR have not won in the league since overcoming Huddersfield 1-0 on 29 August and that run looks set to continue. 

Fulham are poised to avoid their third defeat in six days, having gone out of the League Cup with a 1-0 defeat by Stoke City on Tuesday after going down 3-2 to Sheffield Wednesday in the league last week.

HT: Fulham 3-0 QPR

A fairly understated assessment of Fulham's first half performance from the club's official Twitter account...

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The weekend's action

10 more Championship games to come

There are nine games in the Championship tomorrow, starting with Derby's trip to MK Dons (12:30 BST).

At 15:00 BST, leaders Brighton go to Bolton while third-placed Burnley host Reading.

Middlesbrough and Leeds round things off on Sunday (13:15 BST).

Follow live text commentaries of MK Dons v Derby and Middlesbrough v Leeds on the BBC Sport website.

Honours even at Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Emyr Huws
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Huddersfield Town came from a goal down to draw with Nottingham Forest and deny Dougie Freedman's side a place in the top six.

Town midfielder Emyr Huws cancelled out a first-half volley from Ryan Mendes.

HT: Fulham 3-0 QPR

While the players take a break at Craven Cottage, let's look back at last night's Championship game and look ahead to the weekend's action.