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FulhamFulham4QPRQueens Park Rangers0

Fulham 4-0 Queens Park Rangers

By Phil CartwrightBBC Sport
Ross McCormack
Ross McCormack's fifth and sixth goals of the season sealed a comfortable derby win for Fulham

Captain Ross McCormack scored twice as Fulham thrashed QPR 4-0 in a one-sided west London derby at Craven Cottage.

Just 117 seconds had been played when French teenager Moussa Dembele rose to nod in James Husband's left-wing cross.

After Massimo Luongo wasted a good chance to equalise for QPR, Ben Pringle doubled Fulham's lead from 18 yards.

McCormack slotted home from inside the box to make it 3-0 after 31 minutes and scrambled in a fourth, while QPR lost top scorer Charlie Austin to injury.

The second-half departure of their talismanic striker, with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, merely capped an awful night for Rangers as they were well beaten by their local rivals.

QPR, who would have gone into the Championship's top four with a victory, took time to settle after Dembele's early goal.

They could have levelled when a superb move put Luongo clear, but the Australia international side-footed wide from 12 yards.

The hosts were 2-0 up within a minute of Luongo's miss, as winger Pringle shifted the ball onto his favoured left foot before firing in past Robert Green.

Whites captain McCormack made the most of the space afforded to him inside the box to collect Tom Cairney's pass and beat Green with an angled shot.

The Scotland international rounded off the scoring shortly after the hour, forcing the ball in after QPR centre-back Gabriele Angella had turned a Ryan Fredericks cross onto his own crossbar.

Fulham, who climb to 11th and within a point of QPR in the Championship table, were rarely troubled defensively as they kept their first clean sheet in the league this season.

Goals, goals, goals...
Fulham have scored in all eight of their league games this season, while QPR failed to find the net for the first time since 8 August.

Fulham manager Kit Symons: "It was the best performance since I've been here and the most pleasing one.

"I wanted to make sure we had the bragging rights come tomorrow morning and Fulham fans will be crowing after that one - and rightly so.

"I was waiting for everything to click and it did tonight. We will need to kick on from this and make sure this sort of performance becomes the norm and we start moving up the table."

QPR head coach Chris Ramsey: "Hopefully it's a bad day at the office. It was a poor performance all round. There were a lot of individual errors that caused us more problems than we needed right from the start.

"We suffered from making some very basic individual errors in defence and I don't know any team that can continually deal with that."

Ramsey on Austin's injury: "I think it's his hamstring but I am not 100%. We will find out later on tonight probably."

Moussa Dembele
Moussa Dembele scored his second league goal of the season to put Fulham ahead
Ben Pringle
Ben Pringle netted Fulham's second goal from the edge of the penalty area
Ben Pringle
Pringle's goal was his second for Fulham since joining from Rotherham

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 24Lonergan
  • 7FredericksSubstituted forVoserat 77'minutes
  • 5Stearman
  • 13Ream
  • 40Husband
  • 10Cairney
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 23O'HaraSubstituted forChristensenat 65'minutes
  • 18Pringle
  • 44McCormack
  • 25DembeleSubstituted forWoodrowat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Lewis
  • 14Mattila
  • 15Voser
  • 16Woodrow
  • 21Christensen
  • 32Kavanagh
  • 33Burn

QPR

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Green
  • 24PerchBooked at 80mins
  • 5Onuoha
  • 26Angella
  • 15Konchesky
  • 20Henry
  • 18Faurlin
  • 7Phillips
  • 21Luongo
  • 8CherySubstituted forMackieat 35'minutesSubstituted forFerat 45'minutes
  • 9AustinSubstituted forTözsérat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hall
  • 10Fer
  • 11Gladwin
  • 12Mackie
  • 16Doughty
  • 25Smithies
  • 28Tözsér
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
19,784

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 4, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 4, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by James Perch.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Pringle (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kay Voser (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers).

  9. Post update

    Kay Voser (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Husband with a cross.

  11. Booking

    James Perch (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by James Perch (Queens Park Rangers).

  13. Post update

    James Husband (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Tözsér (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Karl Henry.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers).

  16. Post update

    Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Kay Voser replaces Ryan Fredericks.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Moussa Dembele.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tim Ream.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Pringle.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 25th September 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton8620115620
2Middlesbrough8521145917
3Burnley8431118315
4Hull8422116514
5Ipswich84221313014
6Reading8332126612
7Birmingham7331128412
8Cardiff8332119212
9Nottm Forest933399012
10QPR93331417-312
11Fulham83231511411
12Leeds825198111
13Derby825176111
14Huddersfield92431011-110
15Sheff Wed82331012-29
16Charlton8233810-29
17Brentford72231113-28
18Wolves7223810-28
19Blackburn81439907
20MK Dons8215710-37
21Bolton8143410-67
22Preston813459-46
23Bristol City8125917-85
24Rotherham8125917-85
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