QPR 2 Fulham 1: Adel Taarabt scores twice to earn first Premier League win
Last Updated: 17/12/12 6:20pm
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.
Best of the Game
- Man of the Match: Adel Taarabt was a menace and scored twice, with his second coming as a fine solo effort
- Miss of the Match: The win was not without problems for QPR and it could have been so much more comfortable had Jamie Mackie not put an early chance wide
- Save of the Match: Mark Schwarzer produced a late stop to deny Djibril Cisse's header from making it 3-1.
- Talking Point: After 16 games without a win, are QPR still doomed despite being unbeaten under Harry Redknapp and now having secured a victory?
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.
Harry delighted after first win
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.
|Queens Park Rangers||Team Statistics||Fulham|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|6||Shots on Target||2|
|9||Shots off Target||2|
|47.6||1st Half Poss.||52.4|
|42.4||2nd Half Poss.||57.6|
Barclays Premier League
|12||West Ham United||35||37|
|16||West Bromwich Albion||34||33|
QPR v Fulham
Stephen Kelly has insisted Fulham pick themselves up and move on after Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers
Armand Traore says Harry Redknapp should take the credit for inspiring QPR to their first victory in 17 league matches.
Harry Redknapp lavished praise on Adel Taarabt after his brace helped QPR overcome Fulham.