QPR 0-1 Fulham (Fulham win 7-0 on aggregate)

To take a perhaps unexpected angle on this, poor Samba Diakité. Making his QPR debut on loan from Nancy in France, the Mali international found himself showing remarkable promise in his first half an hour of Premier League football, marred only by a slight tendency to commit fouls. After what may have been his seventh, a late lunge on a flying Bryan Ruiz, Diakité was shown a red card and the match was effectively settled. QPR fought hard win ten men but the numerical advantage was the buffer Fulham needed. Three more points.

Fulham had scored twice in the first few minutes, a glorious Riise/Johnson cross header ruled out for a marginal offside call, then an even better Dembele/Pogrebnyak combination making sure of the early lead: Dembele back-heeled through a crowd and this happy combination of genius and fortune saw the ball fall to Pogrebnyak, who let Paddy Kenny take himself out of the game before sliding into the now gaping net.  A fabulous goal fit to win any derby.

After that Fulham, overflowing with attacking players, threatened to overwhelm their hosts, a Ruiz throughball giving Dempsey a fine chance that you’d have expected our top scorer to bury.

At the other end it was a question of how many tame shots Adel Taraabt wanted to fire at Mark Schwarzer. Time after time he shot, but at no point was the big Aussie (did I write that?) troubled.  He was troubled by a goalmouth scramble that featured a rare Bobby Zamora sighting, but even that ended with an offside decision.

Zamora doesn’t really require much comment beyond that, simply because he didn’t do much beyond that.  He must feel like a dumped teenager seeing his old group of friends out on a Saturday night without him.  No doubt he made the right move for what became the right reasons, but no doubt he’s playing in a far more difficult situation, now.  Fulham show signs of moving on; QPR show signs of going down.

8 thoughts on “QPR 0-1 Fulham (Fulham win 7-0 on aggregate)

  1. to be fair to hughes:

    “In fairness, I take responsibility for that as in the ideal world you want to introduce him to the Premier League a bit more slowly. But given our circumstances we need good players on the pitch and I think up to the point of his sending off I thought he was excellent and arguably our best player.”

  2. Rich, reading your match report is such an integral part of being a fulham fan and I can not tell you how much I appreciate your blog. I have been waiting for your report all day, and am very suprised in the lack of enthusiasm in this report. This was definitelty my highlight of the season. To get one over QPR, Hughes and Zamora, at their ground; the atmosphere… WHAT A GAME!!

    1. Trouble is (based on dodgy internet stream, so E&OE), it was a pretty crap game, and they can claim a ‘moral’ victory, in outplaying us for much of the match with only 10 men. Don’t know why we can’t finish games off. We seemed to lose the midfield for much of the game. Dembele, Dempsey and Ruiz were all quiet – though I think I counted 3 or more superb through balls by Ruiz in the first half. The midfield is still unbalanced. Lots of attacking potential but not enough ball winning / breaking down capacity.

      Yes, a great result, but rather anti-climactic for me.

      1. Its funny because i saw it exactly opposite. We took the foot off the gas for sure but we dominated possession. First half in particular dempsey and ruiz looked excellent and complimentary (Dempsey making superb runs, Ruiz picking some superb passes). And i think Jol’s found dembele’s position. Seemedto be doing lot of ball winning to me (both today and against stoke) and alongside Murphy we look solid in the middle, with etuhu and baird free to come on if we need more. An extremely comfortable 1-0 away from home is about a as good as it gets. A real piss take of our local rivals.

        Oh and 5m cash and Pogrebnyak. How about that for some good January business!

        1. ” An extremely comfortable 1-0 away from home” – why was I on the edge of my seat for all of the 2nd half? If SWP had half a footballing brain, it would have been 1-1. The phrase “squeaky bum” comes to mind.

          1. I was nervous, but they did not really carve us open too much.

            We should have done better and got the second goal, but were the far better team for 60-70mins.

  3. watched live on tv in Australia ; a touching moment when Baird made a needless foul on Zamora towards the end and recieved a yellow, a close-up on Zamora saying; aww cam on reff… I thought he looked a bit embarrassed / reluctant playing against his old mates. On the whole a good old fashioned proper derby, another goal from a late breaking Etuhu would have really satisfied, but the tight games are more exciting. I hope they stay up so we can do it again next year.

  4. I thought it was a good win but I also thought it was one of the most depressing 45 minutes of football I’ve seen us play in awhile. since blackburn, actually. I only mention it because we tend to lose or draw games where we sit back and defend fro 3/4 of the match. usually in the dying minutes. It almost happened again yesterday and I think this continues to be a big problem for Jol, tactically.

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