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QPR
QPR
0 vs 1
Played
February 25, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
Loftus Road Stadium — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 18015‎
 
Top of the Match
Brede Hangeland
Brede Hangeland
Fulham
Bryan Ruiz
Bryan Ruiz
Fulham
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Samba Diakité
Samba Diakité
QPR
Samba Diakité
Samba Diakité
QPR

QPR 0-1 Fulham: Early Pavel Pogrebnyak strike enough as Cottagers down 10-man hosts in west London derby

First away win since October for Martin Jol's men as the home fans call for Mark Hughes' head following fourth defeat in five games for the promoted side

By Joe Doyle at Loftus Road

EPL: Samba Diakite - Bryan Ruiz, QPR v Fulham
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An early goal from Pavel Pogrebnyak was enough for Fulham to hold on for a 1-0 win against QPR for their first away win in the Premier League since October after Samba Diakite picked up a red card on his debut for the hosts.

Pogrebnyak opened the scoring early on as Moussa Dembele found him clear through on goal with a backheel, and the Russian rounded Paddy Kenny to score in an empty net.

The big team news of the day came from the QPR dressing room, with Mark Hughes naming Bobby Zamora in the starting line-up against his former club, and midfielder Samba Diakite making his debut.

Martin Jol also named his January striking acquisition in the starting XI, as Pavel Pogrebnyak combined with Andrew Johnson up front.

Both teams started brightly, cheered on by some extremely loud support from their fans. And Fulham had the ball in the back of the net with not even five minutes on the clock.

Andrew Johnson headed the ball in off the bar from John Arne Riise's cross - but it was ruled out for offside.

It didn't take long for Fulham to take the lead, however. Moussa Dembele created the goal with a fine backheel to send Pogrebnyak clear through on goal. The Russian striker stayed calm, rounded Paddy Kenny and placed the ball into the back of the net.

The visitors were looking like scoring every time they went forward, with Clint Dempsey dragging a shot just wide of the far post soon after the goal.

But QPR soon picked themselves up and started playing. Mark Schwarzer was on hand to prevent the home side going level with an incredible save from Zamora. The keeper initially spilled an effort by Shaun Wright-Phillips, but spread himself really well to block Zamora's rebound.

And the game really turned in Fulham's favour just after the half-hour mark when Diakite picked up his second yellow of the match.

The midfielder had already picked up a booking for repeated offences and got his marching orders for a bad tackle on Bryan Ruiz in the centre circle.

Ruiz didn't help matters with some rolling around following the tackle, but Diakite really gave referee Phil Dowd no choice but to send him off, becoming the third player in QPR's last four home league games to be sent off in the first half, after Joey Barton against Norwich and Djibril Cisse against Wolves.

Following the red card, Fulham began to dominate possession once again, with Danny Murphy keeping the ball moving well and Dembele enjoying more time on the ball in a deeper role than usual for the visitors.

Fulham went in at half-time on top, and leaving Mark Hughes with some serious thinking to do about his side for the second half.

The second half took some time to get going, Fulham were content to sit back and defend their lead, waiting to hit back on the counter-attack.

It was a dangerous tactic, with QPR going close in the 69th minute as Mackie powered through the defence before seeing his shot flash across the face of goal.

The hosts didn't really come close again until the 82nd minute when Wright-Phillips missed a fantastic chance as he was through on goal, but his shot went wide, and it looked as if Schwarzer got a hand to it.

Fulham almost doubled the lead in the closing stages as Dickson Etuhu came on from the bench, drove through the defence but crashed his effort wide. It mattered little, however, as Fulham held on for their first away win since late October.

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QPR

1
Paddy Kenny
Goalkeeper
3.00
6
Clint Hill
Defender
3.50
3
Taye Taiwo
Defender
72′
3.00
-
Anton Ferdinand
Defender
3.00
15
Nedum Onuoha
Defender
3.00
7
Adel Taarabt
Midfielder
2.50
17
Joey Barton
Midfielder
2.50
21
Samba Diakité
Midfielder
20′ 33′
2.50
11
3.50
12
Jamie Mackie
Midfielder
3.00
25
B. Zamora
Striker
2.50

Fulham

4.00
23
Mark Schwarzer
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
3.50
3
4.50
5
3.00
18
3.50
13
Danny Murphy
Midfielder
74′
3.00
2
Clint Dempsey
Midfielder
3.50
29
3.50
8
3.50
11
Bryan Ruiz
Striker
78′
3.50
30

Substitutes

24
Radek Cerny
Goalkeeper
0.00
19
0.00
3
3.00
4
Shaun Derry
Midfielder
0.00
14
A. Buzsaky
Midfielder
83′
0.00
9
0.00
14
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
13
3.00
6
Chris Baird
Defender
74′ 85′
0.00
14
3.00
16
Damien Duff
Midfielder
78′
3.00
20
Dickson Etuhu
Midfielder
81′
0.00
21
Kerim Frei
Midfielder
0.00
9

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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