Saturday 17 March 2018, 12:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Cairney 32'; Lucas Piazon 45'
Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers
2
Luongo 45'+3; Wszolek 81'

32' Goal

Tom Cairney
Assist by Stefan Johansen

45' Goal

Lucas Piazon
Assist by Ryan Sessegnon

86' Yellow Card

Matt Targett Card was given for a foul

90'+3 Yellow Card

Aleksandar Mitrovic Card was given for arguing during match

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Floyd Ayité
Off:Lucas Piazon

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rui Fonte
Off:Tom Cairney

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sheyi Ojo
Off:Ryan Sessegnon

45'+3 Goal

Massimo Luongo
Assist by Matt Smith

81' Goal

Pawel Wszolek

49' Yellow Card

Massimo Luongo Card was given for a foul

89' Yellow Card

Jordan Cousins Card was given for a foul

90'+3 Yellow Card

Joel Lynch Card was given for arguing during match

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Conor Washington
Off:Matt Smith

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Paul Smyth
Off:Eberechi Eze

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Cousins
Off:Ryan Manning

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It was a game of two halves as Fulham and Queens Park Rangers drew 2-2 in a testy West London Derby on a frigid afternoon in SW6.

It was a game of two halves as Fulham and Queens Park Rangers drew 2-2 in a testy West London Derby on a frigid afternoon in SW6. 

Tom Cairney and Lucas Piazon scored the Whites’ goals in the first half, in the 32nd and 45th minutes respectively. But Massimo Luongo pegged one back in first-half stoppage time and Pawel Wszolek found the equaliser for QPR in the 81st minute.

Slaviša Jokanović made one change to the line-up that snatched a late victory at Deepdale the week before, starting Piazon in place of Floyd Ayité. Otherwise the spine of the team remained the exact same, from Marcus Bettinelli in goal to Aleksandar Mitrović up top.

The Whites started very brightly and had the ball in the back of the net in the fourth minute, Ryan Sessegnon poking home from a rebounded Cairney attempt. Unfortunately, the goal was waved off as Sessegnon was flagged offside.

In the 15th minute a dangerous Ryan Fredericks cross almost forced a QPR own goal when R’s Captain Nedum Onuoha awkwardly twisted his body in an attempt to hack it clear. One minute later a blistering change of pace from Sessegnon tore open the away team’s backline, although Mitrović was unable to get clean contact on the resulting cross.

Still, there was no doubt about who was the more attacking side. As both teams struggled to thaw out in sub-zero temperatures, Fulham were trying their hardest to warm themselves and the home supporters up with a fiery display of offensive vigour, while QPR sought to pour more cold water on an already freezing afternoon.

A 21st-minute corner resulted in a header on goal for the Whites, Sessegnon vaulting himself over a QPR defender to nod Matt Targett’s back-post cross on frame. In the end, the effort dropped harmlessly into Alex Smithies’ grateful hands.

In the 32nd minute Fulham’s persistence paid off. It was Cairney who got the goal, lasering in a sweetly-struck low drive with his imperious left foot. The Fulham Captain could not have timed his goal any better if he tried, as it gave the Whites that one spark of light they needed to illuminate what had been heretofore a dark afternoon.

Lifted by Cairney’s strike, Fulham went immediately in search of another goal. And they nearly found one too, when Fredericks’ low cross-cum-shot whistled centimetres past Smithies’ far post in the 33rd minute.

In the 42nd minute Bettinelli made an extremely smart save on a swerving shot from Wszolek. It was a strike that was always moving in the air, but the Fulham ‘keeper wasn’t deceived and was able to get down quickly to put a strong hand to it.

Then, on the stroke of halftime, Piazon doubled the Whites advantage. Fredericks hared down the left and drilled a low cross into the box that Sessegnon smartly redirected into the path of the onrushing Brazilian with one rapid touch. Piazon kept his nerve and swept home a cool-as-you-like finish in the 45th minute.

But the first-half drama wasn’t over. In the third minute of stoppage time, QPR midfielder Luongo pivoted and slammed home a half-volley after a free-kick scramble in the Fulham box to make the score 2-1.

It was the only black mark on what was an otherwise excellent half, and both teams sprinted into the tunnel seeking warmth and a strategy for a second half that was now poised on a knife’s edge.

The half started with lots of pep and bite and Luongo became the first player to enter Chris Kavanagh’s book after he saw yellow for a late, sliding challenge on Stefan Johansen in the 49th minute.  

Then, in the 65th minute, with snow starting to swirl around the Cottage, Bettinelli again came to the rescue of Fulham, straining every sinew to block Matt Smith’s goal-bound effort and preserve the Whites’ one-goal advantage.

Perhaps seeking to restore some of the game’s equilibrium, Jokanović made his first substitution three minutes later, replacing Piazon with Ayité. Ian Holloway immediately responded with two changes of his own, taking off Smith and Ebere Eze and introducing Paul Smyth and Conor Washington to the match in the 69th minute.

Four minutes later Holloway rounded out his complement of substitutions, taking off Ryan Manning and putting on Jordan Cousins.

In the 78th minute Jokanović decided to then complete his available substitutions, taking Cairney and Sessgnon off and bringing Rui Fonte and Sheyi Ojo on.

In the 81st minute QPR found an equaliser when Wszolek won back possession in midfield and sprinted through on goal to slot home.

In the 85th minute Targett received a yellow card for a sliding challenge on Smyth, Fulham’s first booking of the match.

In second-half stoppage time Joel Lynch and Mitrović both saw yellow cards after a coming together off the ball.

It was a fitting summation of the afternoon for the Whites, a day that had started full of promise descending into a bitty, chippy encounter.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 17 March 2018
Kick-off: 12:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 23,347

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett; Cairney (Rui Fonte 79'), McDonald, Johansen; Lucas Piazon (Floyd Ayité 68'), Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon (Sheyi Ojo 79')

Unused substitutes: Button, Christie, Norwood, Kamara

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Queens Park Rangers

Line-up: Alex Smithies; Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell; Manning (Cousins 74'), Luongo, Freeman, Wszolek; Eze (Smyth 69'); Matt Smith (Washington 69')

Unused substitutes: Ingram, Baptiste, Perch, Bright Samuel

Manager: Ian Holloway

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 79
2 Cardiff City 37 76
3 Fulham 38 69
4 Aston Villa 37 69
5 Derby County 37 62
6 Middlesbrough 37 61
7 Sheffield United 37 59
8 Bristol City 37 58
9 Preston North End 37 57
10 Millwall 37 55
11 Brentford 37 53
12 Ipswich Town 37 52
13 Leeds United 37 50
14 Norwich City 37 49
15 Queens Park Rangers 38 47
16 Nottingham Forest 37 45
17 Hull City 37 39
18 Sheffield Wednesday 37 38
19 Reading 37 36
20 Bolton Wanderers 37 36
21 Barnsley 37 33
22 Birmingham City 37 30
23 Burton Albion 37 30
24 Sunderland 37 28
Goals
2
2
Total Shots
11
13
Shots On Target
5
6
Passing Accuracy
86%
74%
Fouls
8
13
Corners
8
2
Offsides
2
6
Bookings
2
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 21Matt Targett
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 32Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 19Sheyi Ojo
  • 9Rui Fonte
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Queens Park Rangers (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Alex Smithies
  • 2Darnell Furlong
  • 5Nedum Onuoha
  • 6Joel Lynch
  • 3Jake Bidwell
  • 14Ryan Manning
  • 21Massimo Luongo
  • 7Luke Freeman
  • 22Pawel Wszolek
  • 30Eberechi Eze
  • 17Matt Smith
Substitutes
  • 13Matt Ingram
  • 20Alex Baptiste
  • 24James Perch
  • 8Jordan Cousins
  • 34Bright Samuel
  • 37Paul Smyth
  • 9Conor Washington
Manager
  • Ian Holloway
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Fulham 2, Queens Park Rangers 2.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Queens Park Rangers 2.
  • 90'+4' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 90'+3' Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+3' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+2' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 90' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 90' Attempt saved. Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Rui Fonte (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a corner.
  • 89' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.
  • 89' Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 89' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 89' Foul by Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 88' Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Jordan Cousins tries a through ball, but Jake Bidwell is caught offside.
  • 86' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 86' Matt Targett (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 85' Delay in match Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.
  • 85' Foul by Matt Targett (Fulham).
  • 85' Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 83' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 83' Foul by Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 83' Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 82' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.
  • 81' Goal! Fulham 2, Queens Park Rangers 2. Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 80' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 80' Foul by Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 80' Attempt saved. Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.
  • 79' Substitution, Fulham. Sheyi Ojo replaces Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 79' Substitution, Fulham. Rui Fonte replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 78' Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 77' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 74' Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Smyth with a cross.
  • 74' Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jordan Cousins replaces Ryan Manning.
  • 72' Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but Pawel Wszolek is caught offside.
  • 71' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 71' Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 69' Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Paul Smyth replaces Eberechi Eze.
  • 69' Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Conor Washington replaces Matt Smith.
  • 68' Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Lucas Piazon.
  • 68' Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Jake Bidwell tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.
  • 67' Attempt blocked. Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 66' Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Manning.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 65' Attempt blocked. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek.
  • 64' Foul by Matt Targett (Fulham).
  • 64' Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joel Lynch.
  • 60' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 60' Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 55' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 54' Delay in match Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a headed pass following a corner.
  • 52' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.
  • 52' Attempt blocked. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 50' Attempt missed. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 49' Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 49' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 49' Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 48' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 48' Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.
  • 45'+3' Goal! Fulham 2, Queens Park Rangers 1. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
  • 45'+2' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 45'+2' Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 45' Goal! Fulham 2, Queens Park Rangers 0. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 44' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 44' Foul by Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 42' Attempt saved. Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 40' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 40' Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 40' Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 39' Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Eberechi Eze tries a through ball, but Pawel Wszolek is caught offside.
  • 37' Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Lynch with a headed pass.
  • 35' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 32' Goal! Fulham 1, Queens Park Rangers 0. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 31' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 31' Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Ryan Manning tries a through ball, but Pawel Wszolek is caught offside.
  • 27' Attempt blocked. Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.
  • 27' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 27' Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.
  • 24' Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but Eberechi Eze is caught offside.
  • 24' Attempt missed. Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a corner.
  • 23' Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 22' Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.
  • 21' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Manning.
  • 20' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 20' Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 17' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joel Lynch.
  • 17' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 15' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.
  • 8' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 6' Delay in match Matt Targett (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 6' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 6' Foul by Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 4' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.
  • 4' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 2' Offside, Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.