Saturday 25 February 2012, 3:00pm at Loftus Road, London
Barclays Premier League
Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers
Fulham FC
Pogrebnyak 7'

20' Yellow Card

Samba Diakité Card was given for a foul

33' 2nd Yellow Card

Samba Diakité Card was given for a foul

72' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Armand Traore
Off:Taye Taiwo

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ákos Buzsáky
Off:Shaun Wright-Phillips

7' Goal

Pavel Pogrebnyak
Assist by Moussa Dembélé

8' Yellow Card

Pavel Pogrebnyak Card was given for celebrating in an unsporting manner

65' Yellow Card

Moussa Dembélé

69' Yellow Card

John Arne Riise

85' Yellow Card

Chris Baird Card was given for a foul

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Baird
Off:Danny Murphy

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Damien Duff
Off:Bryan Ruiz

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dickson Etuhu
Off:Andrew Johnson

An early Pavel Pogrebnyak goal was enough to see off QPR as Fulham claimed three points and bragging rights in Saturday's West London derby at Loftus Road.

Manager Martin Jol made just one change to his starting eleven for Saturday’s West London derby at Loftus Road from the team that beat Stoke City 2-1 in the Club’s last Barclays Premier League encounter at Craven Cottage a fortnight ago.

Andrew Johnson, a hat-trick hero in Fulham’s six nil demolition of QPR back in early October, started in place of Damien Duff. There were two familiar faces within QPR’s ranks on Saturday, with former Fulham manager Mark Hughes now at the helm at Loftus Road and Bobby Zamora leading the line following his January transfer from SW6 to W12.

Saturday’s West London derby had all the ingredients to be a classic encounter and the first half did not disappoint, serving up forty-five minutes of scintillating end-to-end football, a red card for QPR’s Samba Diakite and a second goal in as many games for Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak.

The contest started in barnstorming fashion, with QPR trying their luck in the opening two minutes with long range efforts from Taarabt and Taiwo, but Fulham looked the more clinical in attack from the first whistle.

In fact, it took less than three minutes for Andrew Johnson to head the ball past Kenny at the near post from Riise’s cross but the striker was adjudged offside. It was a tight decision by the linesman and Johnson was unfortunate not have recorded his fourth goal against QPR this season.

Fulham’s travelling supporters only had to wait a further four minutes to celebrate when Pavel Pogrebnyak applied the coolest of finishes from close range to earn the Whites a derby day lead.

Pogrebnyak’s impressive finish in front of goal only told half the story, with the build up a blend of snappy possession play, rapid one-touch interplay and a dazzling reverse pass by Dembele to release Pogrebnyak for the opener.

Fulham almost doubled their lead through Clint Dempsey before the ten minute mark as QPR’s defence struggled to cope with Fulham’s rapid counter attacks. The pace of the game never died down from the first whistle as the action swung from end-to-end.

QPR looked for a way back and put on a sustained bout of pressure after 25 minutes of play. The home side had their chances with Zamora somehow failing to find the target as QPR failed to capitalise on two glorious chances in a matter of seconds from close range.

Taarabt then went close a minute later with a long range drive before Fulham turned the tables on the home side and almost doubled their lead, again through Clint Dempsey. The American latched onto a through ball into the area applied enough pressure on Kenny to almost force an own goal.

After 32 minutes QPR suffered a severe blow when Diakite was sent off for a second bookable offence. The midfielder’s late lunge in the centre of the park on Ruiz left Referee Phil Dowd with no option but to show a red card.

With their numerical advantage Fulham looked to take a firm grip on possession and did so with ease towards the break with Martin Jol’s team deservedly a goal ahead after an impressive first half display.

There were no changes for the second half with Fulham continuing where they left off, with Ruiz almost finding a way past Kenny in the box within the first minute of play. Ruiz ran out of space as he sprinted across goal in possession but Jol’s team looked odds on to increase their lead.

Fulham had a complete stranglehold on possession and at times QPR were chasing shadows during the first 15 minutes of the second half. After 50 minutes play Pogrebynyak looked for a second with a left footed volley form 25 yards that seared just wide of Kenny’s goal.

The travelling army of supporters from SW6 were certainly enjoying the brand of football Martin Jol’s team delivered on Saturday. With Ruiz, Dempsey, Dembele and Murphy in midfield the technical ability of Jol’s men was a joy to watch at times but a second goal to provide a comfortable cushion proved elusive.

To their credit QPR continued to offer stern resistance as the hour mark approached and looked to profit from a series of corners and long range efforts.

After 68 minutes Mackie was handed QPR’s best chance of the half as he raced into the area on the right flank with just Schwarzer to beat. Fortunately for Fulham the striker blazed his shot across goal and wide. It was a warning for Fulham though that the game was far from over with twenty minutes remaining.

A break in play after 70 minutes due to an injury to Taiwo saw Mark Hughes forced to make the first substitution of the game, introducing Traore in place of the injured defender.

A wasted free-kick by Barton after 73 minutes saw the home crowd voice their frustration with events on the pitch before Martin Jol made his first change, introducing Chris Baird for Captain Danny Murphy in midfield.

Minutes later there was a second change for Fulham when Damien Duff replaced Bryan Ruiz for the final thirteen minutes of play before Dickson Etuhu came on for Andrew Johnson.

During the final stages of Saturday’s West London derby QPR looked more likely to grab an equaliser and Wright-Phillips was handed a chance few inside Loftus Road could believe he missed with eight minutes remaining. The midfielder was through on goal on the left hand side of the area and with just Schwarzer to beat curled his effort across goal wide of the far post.

Wright-Phillips miss was a stroke of fortune for Fulham, who despite their numerical advantage, were forced to protect their lead in the final ten minutes.

However Fulham then caught QPR cold on the counter attack with just a minute of normal time remaining and Dickson Etuhu looked to have wrapped the game up after bursting through central midfield for a one-on-one with Kenny. Etuhu’s shot from 16 yards looked destined for the corner of the net but blazed just wide.

Four minutes of added time were played which Fulham saw out in relative comfort. At the final whistle Fulham’s players celebrated victory by throwing their shirts to the travelling supporters after completing a Barclays Premier League double over QPR on Saturday.

Victory at Loftus Road secured 11th place (33 points) for Fulham in the League and with a home match against Wolves next weekend, the Whites will be looking to break into the top half of the table at the Cottage.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 25 February 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Loftus Road, London
Attendance: 18,015

Referee: Phil Dowd

Queens Park Rangers

Line-up: Kenny; Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo (Traore 72'); Mackie, Samba Diakité, Barton, Taarabt; Wright-Phillips (Buzsáky 83'); Zamora

Unused substitutes: Cerny, Gabbidon, Derry, Bothroyd, Smith

Manager: Mark Hughes


Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Ruiz (Duff 79'), Dembélé, Murphy (Baird 74'), Dempsey; Pogrebnyak, Andrew Johnson (Etuhu 82')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Senderos, Frei, Sá

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 25 60
2 Manchester United 25 58
3 Tottenham Hotspur 25 53
4 Chelsea 26 46
5 Arsenal 25 43
6 Newcastle United 26 43
7 Liverpool 25 39
8 Norwich City 25 35
9 Sunderland 26 33
10 Everton 25 33
11 Fulham 26 33
12 West Bromwich Albion 26 32
13 Swansea City 25 30
14 Stoke City 25 30
15 Aston Villa 26 29
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 22
17 Queens Park Rangers 26 21
18 Blackburn Rovers 25 21
19 Bolton Wanderers 26 20
20 Wigan Athletic 26 20
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Queens Park Rangers (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Patrick Kenny
  • 42Nedum Onuoha
  • 35Anton Ferdinand
  • 3Clint Hill
  • 34Taye Taiwo
  • 12Jamie Mackie
  • 2Samba Diakité
  • 17Joey Barton
  • 7Adel Taarabt
  • 32Shaun Wright-Phillips
  • 52Bobby Zamora
  • 24Radek Cerny
  • 6Daniel Gabbidon
  • 13Armand Traore
  • 4Shaun Derry
  • 14Ákos Buzsáky
  • 10Jay Bothroyd
  • 21Tommy Smith
  • Mark Hughes
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 9Orlando Sá
  • Martin Jol
Total shots
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
Minutes played by player
Assists from open play
Successful aerial duels
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
Pass forwards
Successful dribbles
Sum of all a players ball events
Accurate passes
Key passes
Player intercepts a pass
Goalkeeper saves
Goalkeeper catches a cross