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15 December 2012
• Loftus Road Stadium, London
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 18233
Queens Park Rangers
A. Taarabt 52', 69'
M. Petrić 88'
Next up for QPR is an away trip to Newcastle, while Fulham travel to Liverpool. Join us again as Goal.com bring you LIVE! text commentary from all the biggest games across Europe, including Premier League, Champions League and Europa League. I've been Theo Squires. Thank you and goodnight.
QPR were the better side for most of the game, and Taarabt's two goal looked to have given them all three points. However, there were some nervy moments when Mladen Petric pulled one back late on.
The Hoops clamber off the bottom of the Premier League table, at least for now anyway. They claim their first league win of the season at the 17th attempt, and Harry Redknapp's first since becoming manager.
QPR have their win! Two goals from Adel Taarabt sees Harry Redknapp's side claim a famous 2-1 win over West London rivals Fulham.
90' + 3'
Rather than looking to time-waste Ciise shoots over. Its his last contribution off the match as he comes off for Anton Ferdinand.
90' + 2'
Scramble in the penalty area as the ball comes in but Baird volleys wide. QPR hanging on.
90' + 2'
Free-kick to Fulham in a dangerous position.
90' + 1'
Four minutes added on.
Ciise so unlucky not to make it 3-1 and seal victory for Queens Park Rangers. His diving head cannons off the underside of the bar but somehow doesn't find it's way into the back of the net. Still 2-1.
Assist Steve Sidwell
Late drama at Loftus Road! Fulham pull a goal back. Petric cuts in and unleashes a fierce looping shot from distance to get his side back in the game. 2-1 QPR, can the Hoops hang on?
Mackie shoots wide from an acute angle after firing in a shot at the near post.
Fabio Da Silva
QPR's first substitution this afternoon. Wright-Phillips OFF Fabio ON.
Final warning for the already booked Steve Sidwell after yet another late challenge.
Martin Jol watches on from the touchline but in truth his side look out of ideas, not that they had many in the first place. Dimitar Berbatov is sitting incredibly deep to try and get on the ball, as Fulham enjoy a bit of possession, however QPR are always dangerous on the counter.
Comes to nothing. Ten minutes left. Will QPR hang on for their first league win this season at the 17th attempt?
Corner to Fulham. They could really do with a goal now...
Yellow CardAshkan Dejagah
Dejagah booked this time as he clips Faurlin's heels. Fulham are getting frustrated.
Yellow CardSteve Sidwell
Booking for Steve Sidwell after he collapses clumsily onto Adel Taarabt. He has been chasing the Moroccan's shadow all game long.
Fulham's third and final change - Rodallega OFF Dejagah ON
2-0 QPR! Adel Taarabt with a stupendous finish. Dribbing from the half-way line, he nutmegs Hangeland, before curling in an effort into the bottom left-hand corner for the corner with the outside of his right boot. Surely this must be QPR's first win of the season now.
First save of the afternoon for Rob Green as Petric's free kick from distance is hit straight at him.
Jamie Mackie lashs over half-volley from an acute angle, as he wastes a decent chance inside the Fulham box, with QPR looking to extend their lead. The Cottagers, on the other hand, are struggling to get hold off the ball.
Second change from Fulham. Richardson OFF Petric ON.
Djibril Cisse is a whisker away from doubling QPR's lead. Chris Baird is caught in possession on the edge of his own area before the Frenchman curls a delightful effort towards goal, but it's just off-target.
Hard to see Fulham getting a draw from this, let alone all three points, with the Cottagers still unable to test Robert Green. This is QPR we are talking about though, so don't rule anything out yet. Next goal will be vital.
Yellow CardAdel Taarabt
Taarabt is booked for his celebration, as the QPR fans cheers are replaced by boos.
Assist on the goal came from Alejandro Faurlin.
1-0! QPR lead through Adel Taarabt. The Moroccan goes on another solo run and shoots from the edge of the area. His low strike is deflected in off Hangeland to give Harry Redknapp's side the lead.
Fulham start the second half brightly, but QPR have dealt with them well so far.
Enforced change from Fulham at the break. Kelly ON Reither OFF.
Fulham start the second half and we are underway. Will we get the goal this game needs to kick-start it into action?
It's been a drab encounter so far, despite a lively start from the hosts. QPR will need to show something different to how they have been performing all season to get the three points at this rate. They have been the better side but that isn't saying much. Join me in ten minutes for the start of the second half.
It's no surprise to see Harry Redknapp slumped in his chair as the half-time whistle goes - his QPR side should really be ahead. Jamie Mackie somehow missed a golden opportunity to open the scores very early on before the hosts pushed forward and went on to dominate the first 30 minutes or so. However, there was no breakthrough. Adel Taarabt has impressed throughout, but the stubborn Fulham defence has held firm thus far and successfully killed the openness of the game for the last 15 - let's hope for more action after the break.
One minute added on...
M'Bia hits a curling effort wide from distance as Fulham continue to frustrate QPR.
No. The set piece comes to nothing as the game slowly limps towards the interval.
Corner to Fulham. Will Rob Green be called to make his first save of the afternoon?
Another over-hit cross from Adel Taarabt goes straight into the waiting Mark Schwarzer's hands, as QPR only have Djibril Ciise in the box.
Fulham counter-attack and Berbatov's delightful through ball is perfect for Rodallega to run on to, but he is wrongly called up for offside.The Cottagers still yet to have any clear-cut chances here at Loftus Road.
Ciise bears down on the Fulham defence, but his shot across goal from the edge of the area if picked up by Schwarzer at the second attempt.
Taarabt's tame set-piece hits the wall and Schwarzer is able to collect it with ease.
Foul by Baird on M'Bia. Free-kick to QPR in a dangerous central position.
It's quietened right down at Loftus Road, and that's because Fulham have had the ball. The visitors seem happy enough to just pass it around the defence and bore QPR into submission.
Taarabt dribbles at the Fulham backline again, but his shot is high, wide and not at all handsome. Still 0-0 at Loftus Road.
Awful clearance from Rob Green is straight to Rodallega, but the Columbian wasn't alert and it bounces off him straight back to the QPR defence. Big let-off for the England international.
Fulham have generally looked sloppy on the ball. Their passes are either not quite finding their intended target or are just not slick enough. They've successfully lowered the tempo, though.
Fulham keep hold of possession as they try to break down a surprisingly resilient QPR back-line.
Ciise takes but his thunderous drive is hit straight into the wall. As is the reboud.
Free-kick to QPR right on the edge of the Fulham penalty area.
Comes to nothing as Damien Duff clears it at the near post.
Corner to QPR. Taarabt to take...
Another through ball from Taarabt is too long. Ciise sprints after it but it goes out for a goal-kick.
Brilliant play again from Adel Taarabt, who for about the fourth time already skins Steve Sidwell with ease, which nearly leads to a QPR chance. However his through ball is just too heavy for Shaun Wright-Phillips to latch on to. The hosts' good start continues, though.
All QPR at the momeny as Taarabt goes on a superb mazey run, but his curing, low effort is tame and Schwarzer gathers it with ease after diving to his left.
Mackie misses an absolute sitter. Riise's backpass is poor and Mackie sprints onto it. He finds himself one-on-one and opens his body up, as he closes down on goal, but with all the time in the world he puts the ball wide. How vital could that be for Harry Redknapp's side?
A Faurlin cross picks out Ciise, but his connection is poor and the Frenchman volleys wide from the edge of the area.
Damien Duff, who recorded two assists against Newcastle on Monday, has a low cross cleared and QPR counter-attack. Taarabt releases Ciise, who finds himself one-on-one, but the Frenchman stumbles and his shot is calmy saved by Schwarzer.
QPR kick-off and we're underway at Loftus Park.
Five minutes to go until kick-off in this eagerly anticipated Premier League tie. Is today the day QPR finally pick up their first three points of the season? Stay tuned to find out.
Victory for QPR would see climb off the bottom of the Premier League table, at least temporarily with relegation rivals Reading not playing until Monday, while a victory fro 13th placed Fulham could see them reach as high as eighth in the table.
Fulham recorded a Premier League double over QPR last season, winning 6-0 at Craven Cottage, before loanee Pavel Pogrebnyak's early goal saw the Cottagers triumph 1-0 at Loftus Park. Martin Jol will be hoping his side can make a third successive win against their West London rivals this afternoon.
QPR head into this West London derby still looking for their first Premier League win of the season, while, after ending their seven game winless run on Monday, Fulham will be hoping to return home with another three points in the bag.
Fulham Starting XI: Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise; Duff, Sidwell, Baird, Richardson; Berbatov, Rodallega. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Dejagah, Kacaniklic.
Meanwhile Martin Jol makes one change from the side that beat Newcastle on Monday night, as Kieron Richardson comes in, with Alex Kacaniklic dropping to the bench.
QPR Starting XI: Green; Traore, Nelsen, Hill, Onuoha; Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Faurlin, Mbia, Mackie, Cisse. Subs: Cesar, Diakite, Derry, Ferdinand, Granero, Fabio, Hoilett.
Team news is in and here are the two sides for today's game, starting with Harry Redknapp's QPR, as Rob Green keeps his place in goal despite the return of Julio Cesar from injury.
Good Afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! text commentary from today's Premier League clash between Queens Park Rangers and Fulham. I'm Theo Squires and I'll be guiding you through all the action from Loftus Road today.
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