A fifth red card of the season for a QPR player at Loftus Road ensured Hoops manager Mark Hughes suffered defeat against his former club Fulham.

Pavel Pogrebnyak gave Fulham the lead following Moussa Dembele's wonder pass.

Jol 'very pleased' with away win

And Rangers were reeling when debutant Samba Diakite was dismissed for a second yellow card in the 32nd minute.

Paddy Kenny was the busier goalkeeper - notably saving from Danny Murphy - though QPR might have snatched a point when Shaun Wright-Phillips shot wide.

Defeat means Hughes' side have picked up just four points from a possible 18 since the Welshman took over from Neil Warnock in January.

It was a miserable afternoon for the former Blackburn and Manchester City manager, who left the Cottagers in 2011 after just one season in charge, hinting that he didn't think the club could match his ambitions.

The result underlined Fulham manager Martin Jol's pre-match assertion that his club have a greater Premier League stature than Rangers.

QPR proved more competitive as a team after Diakite's dismissal - he was red-carded after picking up a second yellow card for fouling Bryan Ruiz - with Fulham enjoying plenty of possession, but failing to capitalise on their numerical advantage.

Analysis

QPR are in deep trouble after another home defeat. They always had a mountain to climb after the sending off of Samba Diakite, who looked a little naive and has a lot to learn in the Premier League.

The game was never out of reach but QPR did not do enough to test Fulham, who looked like the more competent Premier League side.

It was QPR's second home sending off in a row after Djibril Cisse's dismissal against Wolves. Clint Hill, Armand Traore and Joey Barton have also been red-carded at Loftus Road this season.

For large parts of the second half it was hard to remember Kenny making a save, though in the closing stages gaps did begin to appear in the home side's defence with substitute Dickson Etuhu running clear only to shoot wide.

In the first half, Kenny had made an important block to push away Danny Murphy's shot as Fulham threatened to give their neighbours a second mauling following their 6-0 win over QPR at Craven Cottage earlier in the season.

Andy Johnson scored a hat-trick in that game and, returning to the Fulham side for the first time since 27 January, he flicked a header past Kenny into the net only to be ruled offside.

Dembele was at the heart of Fulham's good work in an impressive start and it was his backheel that created Pogrebnyak's goal.

With his back to goal there seemed little danger but the Belgian international's vision and technique ensured the ball put the Russian international in the clear, with Pogrebnyak letting Kenny go to ground before rolling his shot into the net.

Hughes aggrieved by Diakite dismissal

Ruiz and Clint Dempsey were also prominent in those early Fulham attacks and the United States international almost added a second after a run and shot.

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was tested just once in the first half, saving well from a Wright-Phillips shot and then reacting quickly to block Bobby Zamora's follow-up, though the QPR striker had strayed offside.

Schwarzer did not have much to do in the second half, though he held his ground well to narrow the angle when Wright-Phillips spurned a late chance to draw level.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

QPR

  • 01 Kenny
  • 03 Hill
  • 34 Taiwo (Traore - 72' )
  • 35 Ferdinand
  • 42 Onuoha
  • 02 Diakite Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 07 Taarabt
  • 17 Barton
  • 32 Wright-Phillips (Buzsaky - 83' )
  • 12 Mackie
  • 52 Zamora

Substitutes

  • 24 Cerny
  • 06 Gabbidon
  • 13 Traore
  • 04 Derry
  • 14 Buzsaky
  • 10 Bothroyd
  • 21 Smith

Fulham

  • 01 Schwarzer
  • 02 Kelly
  • 03 JA Riise Booked
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 18 Hughes
  • 13 Murphy (Baird - 74' Booked )
  • 23 Dempsey
  • 07 Pogrebniak Booked
  • 08 Johnson (Etuhu - 81' )
  • 11 Ruiz (Duff - 78' )
  • 30 Dembele Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Stockdale
  • 06 Baird
  • 14 Senderos
  • 16 Duff
  • 20 Etuhu
  • 21 Frei
  • 09 Sa
Ref: Dowd
Att: 18,015

Match Stats

Shots

17 7

On target

8 3

Corners

6 5

Fouls

17 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:49 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adel Taarabt on Damien Duff. Stephen Kelly restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:30

Short corner worked by Clint Dempsey.

90:00 +2:21

Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Blocked by Nedum Onuoha.

90:00 +1:34

Foul by Joey Barton on Pavel Pogrebnyak, free kick awarded. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.

89:44

Dickson Etuhu produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

89:18

The assistant referee signals for offside against Pavel Pogrebnyak. Patrick Kenny takes the indirect free kick.

85:41

Adel Taarabt challenges Clint Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Clint Dempsey restarts play with the free kick.

84:06

Direct free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.

84:06 Booking

Booking Chris Baird is given a yellow card.

83:59

Foul by Chris Baird on Bobby Zamora, free kick awarded.

83:27

Akos Buzsaky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.

82:50 Substitution

Substitution Akos Buzsaky replaces Shaun Wright-Phillips.

82:27

Shaun Wright-Phillips has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.

80:45 Substitution

Substitution Dickson Etuhu joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Johnson.

79:49

Corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.

77:44

Patrick Kenny takes the indirect free kick.

77:44 Substitution

Substitution Damien Duff is brought on as a substitute for Bryan Ruiz.

77:44

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Johnson.

76:11

Pavel Pogrebnyak is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

74:46

Foul by Clint Hill on Pavel Pogrebnyak, free kick awarded. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.

74:25

Andrew Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anton Ferdinand. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

73:47 Substitution

Substitution Chris Baird comes on in place of Danny Murphy.

72:42

Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Moussa Dembele results in a free kick. Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick.

71:28 Substitution

Substitution Taye Taiwo goes off and Armand Traore comes on.

69:38

Danny Murphy challenges Adel Taarabt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adel Taarabt takes the direct free kick.

68:46 Booking

Booking John Arne Riise is given a yellow card.

68:34

Close range effort by Jamie Mackie misses to the left of the target.

67:45

Moussa Dembele gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Mackie. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.

66:30

Andrew Johnson fouled by Taye Taiwo, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

65:11

Effort from 30 yards by Taye Taiwo. Blocked by Aaron Hughes.

64:48

Clearance by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

64:48 Booking

Booking Moussa Dembele booked.

64:31

Joey Barton takes the outswinging corner,

62:36

Shaun Wright-Phillips fouled by Pavel Pogrebnyak, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

61:26

Bobby Zamora gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

61:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clint Dempsey on Nedum Onuoha. Anton Ferdinand takes the free kick.

59:52

Effort from the edge of the area by Clint Dempsey goes wide of the right-hand upright.

58:30

Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.

58:20

Joey Barton takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.

57:37

Bryan Ruiz is penalised for a handball. Anton Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.

56:19

Joey Barton takes a corner.

54:38

Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, Clint Hill produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

54:05

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

52:39

Foul by Anton Ferdinand on Pavel Pogrebnyak, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

51:12

Pavel Pogrebnyak has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

49:43

Inswinging corner taken by Bryan Ruiz, Shaun Wright-Phillips makes a clearance.

48:40

Shot by Adel Taarabt from outside the box goes over the target.

47:10

Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

42:54

Effort from the edge of the area by Taye Taiwo goes wide of the right-hand upright.

39:44

Joey Barton produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

38:01

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Bryan Ruiz from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Anton Ferdinand.

36:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Hill by Bryan Ruiz. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.

32:45

Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

32:45 Dismissal

Dismissal Samba Diakite is sent off.

32:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Samba Diakite on Bryan Ruiz.

31:11

Danny Murphy takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.

30:46

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bryan Ruiz, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.

30:02

Unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Samba Diakite results in a free kick. Bryan Ruiz delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Nedum Onuoha makes a clearance.

29:21

Bryan Ruiz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.

26:58

Adel Taarabt produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

26:04

The assistant referee flags for offside against Bobby Zamora. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

25:51

Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

24:20

Clint Hill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pavel Pogrebnyak. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

22:30

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line.

20:39

Shaun Wright-Phillips fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Taye Taiwo from the free kick, save made by Mark Schwarzer.

19:14

Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

19:14 Booking

Booking Samba Diakite receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

19:03

Bryan Ruiz fouled by Samba Diakite, the ref awards a free kick.

18:45

Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

16:10

Corner taken by Joey Barton, clearance made by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

15:41

Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

15:05

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jamie Mackie. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.

13:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Samba Diakite on Clint Dempsey. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

12:55

Taye Taiwo challenges Pavel Pogrebnyak unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

11:07

Effort from inside the area by Jamie Mackie misses to the left of the target.

10:03

Shot by Clint Dempsey from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

9:12

Samba Diakite fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Taye Taiwo takes the free kick.

8:28

Shaun Wright-Phillips concedes a free kick for a foul on John Arne Riise. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.

7:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Samba Diakite on Andrew Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

6:58 Booking

Booking Pavel Pogrebnyak goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

6:17

The assist for the goal came from Moussa Dembele.

6:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Pavel Pogrebnyak - QPR 0 - 1 Fulham Pavel Pogrebnyak grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. QPR 0-1 Fulham.

5:52

Samba Diakite gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

2:59

Andrew Johnson is caught offside. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

2:48

The ball is delivered by John Arne Riise.

2:10

Taye Taiwo takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

1:34

Shaun Wright-Phillips fouled by Moussa Dembele, the ref awards a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.

1:19

Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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