1. Reversing the tide
Although Fulham deserved more than we got from our first two matches after the restart, the cold hard fact was that we had won zero points. A response as soon as possible was imperative, and the lads provided it in the West London derby, picking themselves up after the earliest of setbacks to secure a double over QPR.
2. Déjà Vugill
Jordan Hugill netting inside three minutes was a shock to the system at the Cottage earlier this season, but he was even quicker this time as just 48 seconds had passed when he headed in the opener. Thankfully, just like that Friday night in November, the boys didn’t panic and ensured it would just be a consolation for the on-loan West Ham United striker and his team.
3. Cy scores when he wants
Cyrus Christie’s winner doubled his goal tally for the Club, and it seems he only scores bangers. He broke his duck for Fulham last season with a lovely left-footed curling effort on the angle against Millwall in the Carabao Cup, and he’s now off the mark in the league with a piledriver to defeat our local rivals. Lovely stuff.
4. Adapting without Mitro
The last time we played QPR, Aleksandar Mitrović was serving a ban, and it was his replacement Aboubakar Kamara who did the damage with a brace to secure victory for the Whites. With the Frenchman currently injured, Scott Parker had to implement a different style and get goals from other areas of the pitch. It certainly worked, with midfielder Harry Arter and right-back Christie pitching in to nab the much needed three points.
5. Rody on red alert
The best goalkeepers can have nothing to do all game, but then produce the goods when they are called upon. QPR only had one effort on target, aside from their goal, and it was a very decent attempt from Hugill who had bent a shot into the top corner. But Marek Rodák, like he has so many times this season, proved his quality with a sprawling save to keep the scores level going into half-time.