Fulham 4-0 QPR: Ross McCormack hits double as Rs are thumped by west London rivals
PUBLISHED: 22:38 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 18:01 28 September 2015
Ross McCormack scored twice as Queens Park Rangers' Craven Cottage hoodoo continued on Friday night as Fulham ran out convincing 4-0 winners.
Rangers, who last won at the home of the Cottagers back in 1980, were second best throughout as Kit Symons men cruised to victory in front of the Sky cameras.
First-half goals from Moussa Dembele, Ben Pringle and Ross McCormack put Fulham out of reach, with the latter adding a second after the interval as Chris Ramsey’s men once again fell foul of a west London derby mauling.
The Rangers head coach named an unchanged starting XI for the game against their west London rivals after a creditable point up at Hull last time out, with Leroy Fer named on the bench for the first time this season.
Rangers made the worst possible start though, falling behind after just two minutes. James Husband was left with acres of room on the left-hand side, finding Dembele in the box and the youngster made no mistake as he glanced his header home with Rob Green rooted to the spot.
Ramsey’s men were lucky not to fall further behind just minutes later with Dembele teeing up McCormack, with the Scotland international hitting a thunderous effort into the side netting.
Rangers had a golden opportunity to level the scoreline on 17 minutes with Massimo Luongo, celebrating his 23rd birthday, lashing a shot wide from close range.
That miss would come back to haunt Rangers as yet more defending resulted in Fulham’s second goal of the evening on 19 minutes.
Hesitancy in the Rangers backline resulted in Alejandro Faurlin misplacing a pass to Pringle, who took full advantage smashing in a powerful left footed drive into the bottom corner.
On the half-hour mark Fulham made it three with McCormack skipping past the Rangers defence before striking the ball past Rob Green at the far post.
That was enough to call Ramsey into action as he withdrew Tjaronn Chery for Jamie Mackie for tactical reasons, with the Dutchman storming down the tunnel.
Mackie would only remain on the field for 10 minutes though as Fer replaced him at half-time after the 30-year-old picked up what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
Things went from bad to worse as Charlie Austin then went off injured after the break with Daniel Toszer replacing him on 59 minutes.
Rangers’ misery was compounded as McCormack made it four on 62 minutes with James Perch deflecting the ball onto the crossbar with the Scotland striker nodding the ball home as the ball fell through in the penalty area The hosts were unlucky not to add further gloss on the scoreline with substitute Lasse Vigen Christinseen going close, as Rangers ended up pointless and embarrassed from another west London derby.
QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky, Faurlin, Henry, Phillips, Luongo, Chery, Austin.
Subs: Smithies, Tozser, Hall, Doughty, Fer, Gladwin, Mackie.