Games between QPR and Fulham are always highly anticipated by both sets of fans and they are generally very unpredictable. Over the past few seasons we have went from destroying our West London neighbours, to being humbled ourselves in games that usually have a heck of a lot of drama. Let’s have a quick look back at some of our recent games against tomorrow night’s opponents.
2nd October, 2011- Fulham 6-0 QPR
The first league game between the two sides in a while ended in a resounding victory for the Whites thanks to a hat trick from Andrew Johnson and goals from Danny Murphy, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora at Craven Cottage. It was our first victory that season, and what a time to get in!
25th February, 2012- QPR 0-1 Fulham
I don’t know what was better about this victory; was it that it ensured that we did the double over QPR, Pog’s wonderful celebration with the Fulham fans that that instantly made him a cult hero, or that it was the first game against Mark Hughes after he famously left Fulham because of our alleged lack of ambition? It really was a sweet, sweet victory all around.
15th December, 2013- QPR- 2-1 Fulham
Despite a late Mladen Petric goal, Fulham slipped to a drab defeat thanks to a double from Adel Taarabt. The result was even more disappointing because it was QPR’s first win of the season. Grim.
1st April, 2014- Fulham 3-2 QPR
How great was it watching the Whites rush into a 3-nil lead by half time? How depressing was it seeing Fulham concede two early goals in the second half to set up a nerve-wrecking final 40-or-so minutes? At least we got over the line in the end. The ridiculously skilful Dimitar Berbatov scored a brace alongside a Clint Hill OG while Abel Taarabt and Loic Remy replied for Rangers. They also missed a penalty and we had Steve Sidwell sent off late on to add to the drama!
25th September, 2015- Fulham 4-0 QPR
It was a year and a half before the two sides met again, and this time it was with both sides in the Championship under the Friday night lights. And what a game it was! We got to see Moussa Dembele at his best that night and it was the striker who put us ahead after just 2minutes. Ben Pringle scored the second, while it was Ross McCormack who grabbed number three and four. It was one of the best performances that I had seen live at Craven Cottage at that stage.
13 February, 2016- QPR 1-3 Fulham
Another double against QPR, and Slavisa Jokanovic’s first victory as Fulham manager. Another super performance and it was McCormack, Dembele and Cairney with the goals. Tjaronn Chery scored an injury time consolation goal but other than that Fulham were dominant.
1st October, 2016- Fulham 1-2 QPR
Urgh do I have to cover this one? QPR gained their first away victory over us in years after we missed not one but TWO penalties. We unveiled the George Cohen statue that day, but nothing about our performance matched an event like that unfortunately. Conor Washington and Idrissa Sylla scored either side of a Tim Ream goal to claim all three points in the first derby of the season.
21st January, 2017- QPR 1-1 Fulham
Chris Martin went from zero to match day hero as he missed an early penalty but scored late to seal a point for Fulham after Ryan Manning’s strike had put QPR in front in the first half. The game had a bit of spice to it was some crunching tackles as well as Marc Bircham, QPR’s assistant, being sent to the stands for a ridiculous tantrum because of a throw-in! It wasn’t a victory, but it was a some-what satisfying result.
So, we go into tomorrow’s game with history on our side as Fulham have won five of the last eight games against QPR, with two defeats and just the one draw. And if the past is anything to go by we can expect goals with an average of 3.5 being scored in those games.
With this being the final game before the October International break it’s crucial that Fulham get good result. We haven’t been consistent this season but hopefully we can get our first back to back victories of the season.