Fulham give hapless QPR six of the best in west London derby
Premier League: Fulham 6 QPR 0
It may not have had quite the same media coverage as a certain match in the north of the city, but for Fulham fans at least this was a west London derby not to forget.
In the bottom three and without a win all season, a hat-trick from Andy Johnson, plus strikes from Danny Murphy, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora meant that Martin Jol collected his first league win as Whites manager.
For QPR it was a game to forget as they were outplayed in all areas by a Fulham side rejuvenated by a change in formation and a change in fortune.
Chances had been at a premium for the Whites in previous league matches, but partnering Zamora with Johnson brought greater movement and with it greater opportunities.
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Johnson has recently turned down the offer of a new contract at Craven Cottage. Both player and club say they want a deal to be done, it is probably best this is sorted sooner rather than later.
His movement caused the QPR back line all game and Fitz Hall in particular was given a particularly torrid time by the former Everton forward.
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It took just two minutes for Johnson to make an impact as he reacted quickest to Mousa Dembele’s 25 yard shot, which was parried by Paddy Kenny to fire home.
They almost doubled their lead two minutes later when John Arne Riise pushed forward and played in Clint Dempsey, whose ball across the ball was pushed onto Hall by Kenny, but thankfully for the visitors the centre-half acrobatically cleared off the line.
Johnson was a menace and he earned his side a penalty after he nipped in when Hall was shielding the ball for Kenny. The stopper brought felled Johnson just inside the area.
A definite penalty and Murphy converted by sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.
QPR were awful all over the pitch, while poor Bradley Orr was the most isolated right-back you are ever likely to see, regularly left two or three versus one.
In a bid to stem the pressure created down Rangers’ right Joey Barton was brought across to offer assistance. It didn’t work.
After 38 minutes it was three as Dempsey drifted down the right before laying the ball into Zamora’s whose neat touch with the outside of his right foot found Johnson who beat Kenny from eight yards out.
Despite bringing on Tommy Smith and DJ Campbell at thr break, Rangers looked a beaten side and had Kenny to thank Fulham weren’t four goals to the good 10 minutes into the second period as he tipped Zamora’s bending corner over the bar when it looked to be heading into the top corner.
It was four a minute later as Johnson completed his hat-trick. Danny Murphy played in Johnson from a free-kick at the edge of the area, QPR fell asleep did not track the striker as he finished past Kenny.
It was five after 64 minutes when Johnson burst down the right, while another deft Zamora flick found Clint Dempsey who fired home from eight yards out.
The only positive for Rangers came 18 minutes from time as Jamie Mackie returned to first-team action after missing nine months out with a broken leg.
That joy for the QPR fans was short-lived as Fulham made it six two minutes later through Zamora. Played through by Dempsey, Ferdinand failed to close the England striker and with the centre-half blocking Kenny’s vision Zamora’s powerful drive flew into the net unchallenged to seal the most emphatic of victories.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Riise, Grygera, Hangeland, Baird, Dembele (Sa 87), Murphy (Etuhu 83), Sidwell, Dempsey, Zamora, Johnson (Ruiz 75).
Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Duff, Ruiz, Senderos, Duff.
QPR: Kenny, Young, Orr, Hall, Ferdinand, Wright-Phillips, Derry (Smith 45), Taarabt (Campbell 45), Faurlin, Barton, Bothroyd (Mackie 72).
Subs: Murphy, Campbell, Mackie, Buzsaky, Perone, Smith, Helguson.