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Sone Aluko struck the post with a last-gasp penalty as QPR held on to win an enthralling west London derby.

Tom Cairney earlier saw another spot-kick saved by QPR keeper Alex Smithies, before Conor Washington’s deflected shot put the visitors ahead.

Tim Ream deservedly drilled level straight after half-time for Fulham, who saw Aluko miss several chances.

Idrissa Sylla’s header restored QPR’s lead late on before Aluko’s miss after a foul on Jozabed.

The Spanish midfielder also hit the bar with a free-kick for the hosts in stoppage time, as Fulham undeservedly saw their winless run extended to seven matches in all competitions.

Chris Martin had stumbled in front of an open QPR goal before the break and Neeskens Kebano also missed a clear headed chance in the second half.

Victory for QPR, whose boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the subject of an internal club investigation after being named in a Daily Telegraph investigation into corruption in football, but denies any wrongdoing, was their first in six Championship games.

Their opening goal came against the run of play, after Smithies had kept them level with a superb save from Fulham’s first penalty, awarded after Steven Caulker held Ragnar Sigurdsson in the box.

But their winner came after their best spell of pressure, Sylla heading in from Tjaronn Chery’s fine cross.