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QPR
QPR
2 vs 1
Played
December 15, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
Loftus Road Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 18233‎
 
52′ Adel Taarabt
69′ Adel Taarabt
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: QPR 2-1 Fulham

The Rs finally recorded their first Premier League win of the season, beating the Cottagers at Loftus Road on Saturday with two-goal Adel Taarabt the star for Harry Redknapp's men

By John Stammers at Loftus Road

  • Robert Green
    7
    2
    2.50

    Robert Green

    The keeper had little to do but nearly got his side in trouble with some slightly suspect kicking. Did well to claim one dangerous cross and helpless for the Petric goal.

  • Armand Traoré
    3
    2
    3.00

    Armand Traoré

    Got forward more than Onuoha albeit largely ineffectively, but was efficient at the back.

  • Clint Hill
    5
    2
    3.50

    Clint Hill

    As his partner in defence produced a solid display, wasn't really troubled but dealt with what came his way well.

  • Nedum Onuoha
    4
    1
    2.50

    Nedum Onuoha

    The full-back didn't really do enough going forward, with QPR dominating the game, and looked hesitant to cross.

  • Ryan Nelsen
    11
    1
    3.50

    Ryan Nelsen

    A solid display at centre-half from the veteran as Fulham failed to create any real chances of note.

  • Adel Taarabt
    84
    3
    4.50

    Adel Taarabt Top of the Match

    The Moroccan was the stand-out performer, and QPR's match winner. Right from the off he was lively and pulled the strings from an advanced midfield position. Beat Sidwell like he wasn't there on a couple of occasions and set up Cisse a few times too. Fortunate with his first goal, but it was deserved, and bagged a second with a neat finish.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    3
    10
    2.00

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    Looked lively at times but never really utilised his blistering pace and was very wasteful in possession. Surprising that Redknapp waited until the 85th minute to bring him off.

  • Alejandro Faurlin
    8
    1
    3.50

    Alejandro Faurlin

    Cleaned up well in midfield and started a number of moves from deep. Wasn't really tested with Sidwell and Baird sitting pretty deep. Produced a goal-saving tackle to deny Fulham with five minutes left.

  • Stéphane M'Bia
    16
    2
    4.00

    Stéphane M'Bia

    A fine midfield performance from the big man - he broke up Fulham's attacking play efficiently and looked dangerous when venturing forward, winning a number of free kicks. Slightly fortunate maybe to not concede a penalty for handball.

  • Djibril Cissé
    9
    5
    3.00

    Djibril Cissé

    Showed good pace early on but wasted a decent chance. Certainly wasn't afraid to shoot but was slightly wasteful with the ball. Sometimes seemed too eager to strike.

  • Jamie Mackie
    3
    7
    2.50

    Jamie Mackie

    Should have opened the scoring but somehow produced an absolutely horrible miss. Didn't stretch play wide enough when playing as the winger, but also failed to create anything when coming inside.

Substitutions

  • Anton Ferdinand
    3
    3

    Anton Ferdinand

    Late substitute for Cisse.

  • Fabio Da Silva
    11
    3

    Fabio Da Silva

    Came on for Wright-Phillips late on.

  • Mark Schwarzer
    1
    4
    3.00

    Mark Schwarzer

    Made a decent early save from Cisse and a few others. Nearly spilled a later effort from the Frenchman straight to Taarabt but recovered in time. Deflection gave him no chance with Taarabt's first goal.

  • John Arne Riise
    1
    4
    2.00

    John Arne Riise

    Very fortunate that Mackie somehow missed the clear chance his error had provided him. Not able to get forward as much as usual.

  • Brede Hangeland
    1
    4
    2.00

    Brede Hangeland

    Was slow to get the ball moving from the back and was worried by Cisse's pace in behind. Was unlucky to see Taarabt's shot deflect in off him, but should have applied more pressure, and then allowed the Moroccan to take the ball from his feet before scoring his second.

  • Chris Baird
    0
    6
    1.50

    Chris Baird Flop of the Match

    Two clumsy fouls on M'bia gave away two dangerous free kicks, but he was fortunate to see both wasted. Like Sidwell, was dominated by QPR in the middle of the park. Was nowhere for Taarabt's first goal and gifted Cisse a fine chance just after.

  • Aaron Hughes
    1
    5
    2.50

    Aaron Hughes

    Wasteful when trying the longer ball and didn't always pick up QPR's movement. May not have been his job to close down Taarabt for the goal but could have tested the attacker.

  • Sascha Riether
    0
    4
    2.00

    Sascha Riether

    Quiet game from the right-back who didn't really get forward at all. Brought off for Kelly at half-time.

  • Steve Sidwell
    0
    4
    1.50

    Steve Sidwell

    Couldn't get close to Taarabt, who he gave far too much respect to. Was sloppy on the ball which kept Fulham from building attacks and went missing again for the Moroccan's second after the interval. Booked, but on another day might have received a second yellow.

  • Kieran Richardson
    1
    6
    2.00

    Kieran Richardson

    Wasted some good positions with his final ball, but displayed some good movement. Brought off for Petric after the break.

  • Damien Duff
    1
    4
    2.50

    Damien Duff

    Caused some trouble when he ran with the ball but rarely got the chance to do so.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    6
    10
    2.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Sat deep in search for the ball but mostly failed to find it. Uncharacteristically blended into the background for the most part.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    0
    6
    2.50

    Hugo Rodallega

    Unfortunate to be flagged for offside when he was clean through. Some good movement and chased the ball admirably, but rarely threatened.

Substitutions

  • Stephen Kelly
    0
    2
    2.50

    Stephen Kelly

    Came on for Riether at the half-time break, before Fulham conceded two goals. Not directly at fault but didn't shore up the defence either.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    15
    3
    2.50

    Ashkan Dejagah

    Replaced Rodallega with around 20 minutes left.

  • Mladen Petric
    11
    1
    3.50

    Mladen Petric

    Came on for Richardson in the second half and looked a bit more dangerous, and scored a fine late goal.

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