sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 15 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Loftus Road
  • Attendance: 18,233
QPRQPRvFulhamFulham
2
  • Taarabt, 52
  • Taarabt, 68
1
  • Petric, 88

live commentary

95 mins:QPR finally earn their first 3 points in the Premier League this season as Adel Taarabt's second half double gives them the win over a lacklustre Fulham.

94 mins:Full time at Loftus Road.

92 mins:Fulham win a free-kick in a dangerous position but it comes to nothing.

90 mins:The Petric shot looks like it took a deflection. Four minutes to be added on at Loftus Road.

88 mins:GOAL QPR 2-1 FULHAM brilliant strike from MLADEN PETRIC who blasts home from 30 yards out.

86 mins:time running out for Fulham here.

84 mins:Fabio Da Silva is coming on for Shaun Wright-Phillips.

82 mins:Sidwell then has a chance to pull one back, but it is blocked by the QPR defence who have played well today.

80 mins:Taarabt is fouled by Sidwell, who is lucky not to get his second yellow of the day.

78 mins:QPR comfortable at the minute.

76 mins:Djagh first contribution is to be shown a yellow card, was harsh though.

74 mins:Ashkan Dejagh was the man who replaced Rodallega.

72 mins:Hugo Rodallega is being replaced.

70 mins:Looking like 3 points for QPR here.

68 mins:GOAL QPR 2-0 FULHAM brilliant goal from TAARABT as he beats a couple of defenders before bending a beautiful shot into the bottom of the corner with the outside of his boot.

66 mins:Half chance for Jamie Mackie, but he shoots well over Mark Schwarzer's goal.

64 mins:Martin Jol makes his first substitution of the day as Mladen Petric comes on for Keiran Richardson.

62 mins:Steve Sidwell is the first player to be booked by referee Martin Atkinson.

60 mins:Djibril Cisse is close with a shot that goes just wide.

58 mins:Home side looking for a second, as they win a corner.

56 mins:Fulham trying to respond at the minute.

54 mins:Think Taarabt will be awarded the goal but it did take a huge defelction off Brede Hangeland.

52 mins:GOAL QPR 1-0 FULHAM ADEL TAARABT gives QPR a deserved lead, though he's fortubnate as his 20 yarder takes a huge defelction.

50 mins:Shot from Hugo Rodallega is blocked by the QPR defence.

48 mins:Sascha Riether was replaced at hal time by Stephen Kelly, must have had an injury.

46 mins:Second half kicks off.

45 mins:Half time at Loftus Road.

45 mins:QPR will feel they should be ahead after they dominated the first 30 minutes, especially when Mackie should have scored after Riise's poor backpass. Fulham will hope to improve after the break after they failed to trouble Rob Green in the QPR goal.

43 mins:QPR trying to create an opprtunity just before half-time as MBIA tries his luck from well out, but it is wide.

41 mins:Fulham win a corner, but it is cleared.

39 mins:Keiron Richardson puts in a cross from down the left, but it is easily cleared by the QPR defence.

37 mins:QPR have run out of steam at the minute, as both sides struggle to create any chances at goal.

35 mins:Steve Sidwell wins a free-kick after a delightful flick by Dimitar Berbatov.

33 mins:Robert Green does well to gather a cross from Riise as Fulham start to get into the game a bit more at Loftus Road.

31 mins:Chris Baird is guilty of another foul on Mbia, think he is on his last chance.

29 mins:QPR seem to have quietened down now after their bright opening to this game.

27 mins:Duff trying to make inroads down the right hand side, but he is thwarted by the QPR defence.

25 mins:Schwarzer is called into action again, as he saves from Adel Taarabt, who is still causing the Fulham defence problems.

23 mins:Almost a catastrophe for Rob Green as his clearance goes straight to Hugo Rodallega, though Clint Hill averts the danger.

21 mins:Fulham keeping hold of the ball at the minute, quietening the game down.

19 mins:Still QPR dominating the game, though they are unable to find that killer pass.

17 mins:Free-kick for the home side in a dangerous position as Chris Baird fouls Mbia. Cisse takes it but blasts it straight into the wall.

15 mins:Fulham trying to exert a bit of pressure on the QPR goal at the minute.

13 mins:More pressure from the home side as Mackie wins a corner, though the ball in from Taarabt is poor.

11 mins:Fulham trying to weather the storm here by trying to retain possession of the ball.

9 mins:Taarabt really looking dangerous today, he again fires in a shot, as does Shaun Wright-Phillips but it is blocked.

7 mins:QPR should really be ahead here, as Riise's horrible backpass puts Jamie Mackie in, but he shoots wide when he should have scored.

5 mins:Fulham have also made a decent start as they force a corner, though QPR threaten on the break through Cisse.

3 mins:Bright start for the home side, this time Taarabt is just over with a shot.

1 mins:The match kicks off.Instant chance for Cisse after Taarabt played him through, saved by Schwarzer though.

Manager Harry Redknapp has made three changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Wigan, as QPR look for their first league win of the season. Onuoha and Faurlin replace Jose Bosingwa and Samba Diakite, while striker Djibril Cisse, who scored coming off the bench last week is rewarded with a place in the starting team as Shaun Derry drops out. Fulham boss Martin Jol makes just one change from the team that beat Newcastle 2-1 on Monday and brings in winger Kieran Richardson for Sweden international Alexander Kacaniklic.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 15 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Loftus Road
  • Attendance: 18,233
QPRQPRvFulhamFulham
2
  • Taarabt, 52
  • Taarabt, 68
1
  • Petric, 88

match report

Queens Park Rangers' long wait for a win in the Premier League finally came to an end in a 2-1 London derby victory over Fulham.

Two second-half goals from Adel Taarabt, the latter of which was a superb solo effort, made it 17th time lucky for the Loftus Road club.

Harry Redknapp still has a huge task to save QPR, who had a late scare through Mladen Petric's goal, from relegation but they are at least off the bottom of the table.

Last weekend's draw at Wigan Athletic saw them break the record for the longest winless start to a Premier League season, with chairman Tony Fernandes this week admitting the season has been "nothing short of a disaster".

The Rs have, though, shown signs of improvement since Redknapp succeeded Mark Hughes at the helm, following up three successive draws with a first win on Saturday - thanks in no small part to Man of the Match Taarabt.

After a disappointing first half, it was QPR supporters with something to shout about when the game restarted after the break.

Stephen Kelly came on for the seemingly injured Sascha Riether when play resumed, with QPR taking just seven minutes to score their first goal against Fulham since 1983.

Like so many times before, Taarabt made a burst forward but this time his strike took a lucky deflection of Brede Hangeland, wrong footing Mark Schwarzer and trickling home.

The playmaker was booked for his celebrations but it could not stop QPR's momentum, with Djibril Cisse curling just wide in the 60th minute after Chris Baird was dispossessed.

Fulham were rarely threatening the hosts, who deservedly got their second when Taarabt burst through in the 68th minute.

After picking up the ball just inside the Fulham half, the midfielder went past Hangeland and showed a few neat touches, before rolling past Schwarzer with the outside of his right foot.

Petric ensured a nervy ending when his strike deflected in off Jamie Mackie's outstretched leg but QPR held on.

team line-up

1Robert Green
3Armand Traore
6Clint Hill
17Ryan Nelsen
15Nedum Onuoha
10Adel Taarabt
12Jamie Mackie
40Stéphane Mbia
11Shaun Wright-Phillips86
32Alejandro Faurlin
9Djibril Cissé94

substitutes

2Samba Diakité
5Anton Ferdinand94
20Fabio86
23Junior Hoilett
33Julio César
4Shaun Derry
14Esteban Granero

referee

Martin Atkinson

team line-up

1Mark Schwarzer
18Aaron Hughes
5Brede Hangeland
27Sascha Riether45
3John Arne Riise
7Steve Sidwell
6Chris Baird
15Kieran Richardson63
16Damien Duff
9Dimitar Berbatov
20Hugo Rodallega73

substitutes

10Mladen Petric63
31Alexander Kacaniklic
24Ashkan Dejagah73
4Philippe Senderos
14Giorgios Karagounis
2Stephen Kelly45
38Neil Etheridge

referee

Martin Atkinson

match stats

possession %4455
shots on target62
shots off target92
corners33
tackles won143
offsides22