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Loftus Road Stadium (ATT 18,015) 25th February 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Dowd

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Fulham Fulham


S Diakite (S/O 33)


Fulham 1

P Pogrebnyak (7)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 4:54 pm, February 25th 2012

  1. 90+5

    The boos ring around Loftus Road as the full-time whistle goes. 1-0 to Fulham.

  2. 90+4

    The fight seems to have escape QPR in these final few moments, Fulham have a vital three points within sight.

  3. 90+3

    Dembele delays pulling the trigger, allowing Onuoha to make the block. The visitors have a corner, though.

  4. 90+2

    Barton is penalised and Fulham are in no hurry to take the free-kick.

  5. 90+1

    We're into stoppage time with time running out for the hosts.

  6. 90

    Etuhu emerges with possession from the long QPR ball and is allowed to stream forward before dragging an effort wide from just outside the penalty area.

  7. 89

    Pogrebnyak is flagged offside and QPR are in a hurry to get on with the free-kick.

  8. 88

    Taarabt releases Onuoha, who settles for a throw off Riise.

  9. 87

    Kelly is down injured now, clutching his back as play is momentarily halted.

  10. 86

    Fulham are keeping possession at every opportunity now, they sense the threat of QPR when they're not on the ball.

  11. 85

    Baird becomes Fulham's fourth victim of the yellow card.

  12. 84

    And that's his last act, as Wright-Phillips comes off to be replaced by Buzsaky.

  13. 83

    Huge, huge chance for Wright-Phillips to open up his account for QPR after a brilliant run and pass. He waits for Schwarzer to go to ground before bending an effort wide of the far post!

  14. 82

    And with that change, it looks as though Martin Jol is prepared to settle for 1-0. QPR aren't giving this one up easily, though.

  15. 81

    Fulham's final change sees Etuhu replace Johnson.

  16. 80

    Mackie earns a corner for QPR, who have put in a spirited second-half show.

  17. 79

    Duff comes on to replace Ruiz for the final stages of the game.

  18. 78

    Johnson is flagged offside as Fulham prepare another change.

  19. 77

    Barton loses possession but Wright-Phillips bails him out with a fantastic tackle. The little winger is now hobbling, though.

  20. 76

    Traore's first contribution is to flash a low cross into the box but Schwarzer reads it well and intercepts.

  21. 75

    Murphy comes off and is replaced by Chris Baird in Fulham's first change.

  22. 74

    The home crowd want a second yellow for Dembele but Phil Dowd opts out, merely awarding a freekick. I think that's the correct decision and Dowd has refereed a good game today.

  23. 73

    Perhaps QPR will benefit from the fresh legs at full-back. Meanwhile, Fulham resume play.

  24. 72

    Traore replaces the injured Taiwo, who still looks in considerable pain after going down clutching his left leg. Not a good sign for the on-loan AC Milan player.

  25. 71

    Play is delayed while Taiwo receives treatment on the field.

  26. 70

    Riise goes into the book for a foul in the build up to that QPR chance. Phil Dowd played a good advantage.

  27. 69

    Big chance for QPR and Taarabt is the architect, releasing Mackie, who screws his finish wide across the face of goal!

  28. 68

    Dembele and Mackie exchange words but the incident goes unnoticed by the referee.

  29. 67

    A fantastic tackle from Hangeland halts his former team-mate Zamora.

  30. 66

    Fulham survive the corner and opt to retain possession with a short goal-kick.

  31. 65

    Dembele goes into the book for hacking at Wright-Phillips and QPR earn a corner from the advantage played.

  32. 64

    Still no sign of a change from either manager.

  33. 63

    Zamora's cut back only finds Dembele, but they're still on top of the play at the minute are QPR.

  34. 62

    Thomas Cayzer predicts a 1-1 final score with Taarabt grabbing the equaliser. If I was a betting man, and I am, I'd like the look of that punt. QPR are currently 3/1 to score next.

  35. 61

    Instead, the Norwegian picks out Dempsey on the edge of the box and the American chests neatly before volleying an ambitious effort into the stands.

  36. 60

    Fulham, in turn, string together a neat counter but are forced to settle for a throw high up the field. Riise is preparing a long range missile.

  37. 59

    Taiwo's pass goes straight to Dembele following an unfortunate slip from Onuoha.

  38. 58

    Ruiz is penalised for handball as Fulham begin to show elements of frustration, despite the scoreline.

  39. 57

    Barton outswings a corner and it's met by Onuoha, but the flag is raised as the corner had bent out of play.

  40. 56

    Over ten minutes into the second-half and QPR are looking the more dangerous.

  41. 55

    Barton's corner is delivered well to the back post, but Hill gets his head right underneath it and the ball loops into the stands.

  42. 54

    Kenny takes a free-kick following an offside. QPR are plugging away despite the one-man disadvantage.

  43. 53

    Zamora, loudly booed by the visiting fans, picks out Wright-Phillips on the edge of the box but the move breaks down at the last though a poor Taarabt pass.

  44. 52

    Pogrebnyak latches onto a Dempsey flick and fires a half-volley just wide from around 25 yards. Not a bad effort, that.

  45. 51

    Hangeland rises highest in a Fulham corner, but the home defence deal with the threat and emerge with possession.

  46. 50

    @Angel_Heath says: "fulham to win 3-0 a hattrick for Poggers"

  47. 49

    Taarabt tries to place it this time but he bends it wide. He's still finding space on the edge of the area, though, will he make Fulham pay eventually?

  48. 48

    Taarabt fends off the challenge of three Fulham defenders and gets another shot away, but again his effort is too tame to beat Schwarzer.

  49. 47

    Ruiz' takes a nice first touch, grounding Kenny, but he is forced too wide and can't keep the ball in play. An early let off for QPR.

  50. 46

    Mark Hughes makes no changes and his side get the second period underway.

  51. The sides are back out for the second-half...

  52. 45+1

    Barton releases Zamora on a counter but Hughes wins the race and that's that for the first half.

  53. 45

    One minute will be added at the end of the first half.

  54. 44

    Fulham are playing keep-ball now and are content to go in at the break at 1-0.

  55. 43

    Taiwo's shot on the volley is wayward and bobbles out of play for a throw, drawing ironic cheers form the visiting fans.

  56. 42

    Barton nicks the ball off Demspey, who was preparing to pull the trigger.

  57. 41

    Riise intercepts a cross and clears but back come QPR, who are scrapping well for a team who are a man down.

  58. 40

    A half-chance for the hosts as Barton arrives late into the box and lashes a half-volley over the bar.

  59. 39

    Dempsey wants a penalty or a corner at least after a collision in the box. He gets neither and a goal-kick is correctly awarded.

  60. 38

    Johnson earns a corner for Fulham.

  61. 37

    The game is still being played a ferocious tempo with the extra space really stretching things.

  62. 36

    Ruiz attempts a flick over the head of Ferdinand but runs into the QPR defender and concedes a foul.

  63. 35

    QPR are pulling together and do not look a man down at the minute. Meanwhile, Mackie's control lets him down and Fulham have a goal-kick.

  64. 34

    What a mare for Diakite, welcome to the Premier League.

  65. 33

    Red card Diakite, he can have no complaints. It's another lunge and this time it's one too many. That's his second yellow card.

  66. 32

    Fulham win a corner but Murphy fails to get hold of it

  67. 31

    Diakite, who is really struggling with the pace of the game, commits his sixth foul of the game. He's on a yellow and is walking a tightrope.

  68. 30

    We've reached the half-hour mark and the hosts are a goal down, but Mark Hughes will be encouraged by their progress over the last five minutes or so.

  69. 29

    Fulham are back in possession and opt to retain is as they seek to regain their composure.

  70. 28

    The home crowd have upped their voices as their players have upped their performance.

  71. 27

    This is better from the hosts - Taarabt picks up possession and drives at goal, Fulham back off and he is invited to shoot, narrowly missing the target with a powerful effort this time.

  72. 26

    Wright-Phillips forces a fingertip save from Schwarzer and Zamora is unable to beat the Aussie with the follow up! That's the closest QPR have come.

  73. 25

    Clint Hill fouls Pogrebnyak.

  74. 24

    QPR deal with the corner and attempt a counter, but Taarabt's crossfield ball, aimed at Mackie, is intercepted.

  75. 23

    Fulham go up the opposite end and earn a corner, which Murphy will deliver.

  76. 22

    Taiwo gets the free-kick over the wall and down but Schwarzer, with the sun in his eyes, is able to grasp the fairly central effort.

  77. 21

    Murphy concedes a free-kick on the edge of the area and QPR have a good chance to shoot for goal.

  78. 20

    Diakite mistimes another tackle and this time the ref has had enough. He's in the book inside the first 20 minutes of his QPR debut.

  79. 19

    Taarabt, for the third time, tests Schwarzer from outside the penalty area but once again it's tame.

  80. 18

    Pogrebnyak almost scores an own goal when standing on the line amid a QPR corner, but the goalscorer recovers to scramble clear.

  81. 17

    Taarabt shoots and hits the target from distance but Schwarzer judges the bounce well.

  82. 16

    Hangeland steps forward with impeccable timing to deem Mackie offside.

  83. 15

    "Mark Hughes in the Championship" taunt the fans in the away end.

  84. 14

    Diakite receives a talking to from Phil Dowd after a series of persistent fouling.

  85. 13

    Pogrebnyak and Dempsey are linking up ever so well as Fulham continue to dominate the early stages.

  86. 12

    Fulham are piling on the pressure but Kenny intercepts a low cross to prevent an almost certain second.

  87. 11

    Fabulous football from Fulham as Dempsey almost makes it two, but his effort flashes across the face of goal and wide of the far post.

  88. 10

    Murphy is penalised and QPR are back on the ball now, searching for an instant reply.

  89. 9

    So, that's 17 games without a clean sheet for QPR.

  90. 8

    Pogrebnyak is booked for his exuberant celebration with the visiting fans.

  91. It's a fantastic goal for the visitors and it's the Russian Pogrebnyak who finishes off after collecting a sublime Dembele back-heel and rounding Kenny to slot into an open net.

  92. 7

    GOAL Pogrebnyak!!

  93. 6

    Dempsey is brought down by Taiwo, a chance for QPR to re-group for the free-kick.

  94. 5

    Fulham are continuing to press forward and even appear encouraged by the early disallowed goal.

  95. 4

    A Johnson nods the ball into the back of the net and wheels away in celebration, only to look over his shoulder to see the flag correctly raised against him for offside.

  96. 3

    It's a second, albeit tame, shot on target for QPR as Taiwo forces Schwarzer into a save.

  97. 2

    Taarabt shows superb deception with a handful of step-overs fooling Murphy, but the Moroccan's finish lets him down.

  98. 1

    Paddy Kenny collects the first through ball of the day from Fulham's midfield.

  99. The sides are out on the field taking up their positions, stay tuned for kick-off.

  100. Of course, Fulham once occupied Loftus Road as their 'home' ground while Craven Cottage was undergoing an upgrade. So the visiting fans will know all about this ground, even if their current players don't.

  101. QPR fans - if you disagree get your counter thoughts in. SkyBet offer an attractive price of 5/2 for Zamora to score and be on the winning side.

  102. The referee for today's encounter at Loftus Road is Mr Phil Dowd of Staffordshire.

  103. QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Diakite, Mackie, Taarabt, Barton, Wright-Phillips, Zamora. Subs: Cerny, Derry, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Traore, Buzsaky, Smith.

  104. Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Ruiz, Murphy, Dembele, Dempsey, Pogrebnyak, Johnson. Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Orlando Sa, Senderos, Duff, Etuhu, Frei.

  105. While we wait for team news to emerge, let's have a look at some of SkyBet's odds ahead of kick-off. QPR are 13/8 to beat Fulham and get a much-needed win, but they have failed to score in their last five games against their west London neighbours. Fulham are 17/10 to get an away win and the draw is 9/4.

  106. Live updates will appear here from 1500 GMT.



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