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Fulham 2-1 Queens Park Rangers: Kamara doubles sees Fulham beat QPR

Kamara goal
Aboubakar Kamara's two goals against QPR were his first of the season

Stand-in striker Aboubakar Kamara scored twice as Fulham overcame Queens Park Rangers to move up to fourth in the Championship table.

Kamara, brought in to replace suspended top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic, coolly took his chances after Rangers stunned the hosts with an early goal.

The visitors pressed high from the start and were rewarded for their attacking approach to the west London derby when Jordan Hugill forced the ball over the line from close range after Todd Kane's cross was parried into his path by goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

Another dangerous Kane cross almost led to a second, with Fulham defender Tim Ream seeing his attempted clearance come off the post.

Fulham recovered from their sluggish start and, with their first effort on target, Kamara headed home his first goal of the season.

Both sides had further first-half chances, Rodak keeping out Nahki Wells and what would have been an Alfie Mawson own goal either side of Ivan Cavaleiro hitting the woodwork for Fulham.

Kamara then punished QPR keeper Joe Lumley for a poor clearance, making the most of the time and space afforded to him to find the bottom corner just after the hour.

Suspension had robbed the hosts of talisman Mitrovic, who before the visit of QPR had scored half of all the Whites' Championship goals this season, but in Kamara they found a clinical replacement.

It was just his second league start for the club since he was arrested after a clash at Fulham's training ground, banned from the club and sent on loan to Turkish side Malatyaspor earlier in the year.

The Frenchman's double ensured Scott Parker's side triumphed for just the second time without the league's leading scorer among the goals this season.

Mark Warburton's QPR, who have conceded the second most goals in the Championship, remain the only club in England's top four divisions yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

Their third defeat in a five-game winless run leaves them 10th in the table, but they can slip as low as 15th if a number of sides below them win over the weekend.

Rangers' trip to Craven Cottage had got off to the ideal start, Hugill putting them ahead inside three minutes of a high-tempo opening half from the visitors which saw Rodak twice called into action while another chance came off the post.

Fulham, however, gained the composure their early performance lacked and hit back through Kamara just before the half-hour mark.

Thereafter the hosts looked a reinvigorated force, Cavaleiro hitting the post before the break while Anthony Knockaert tested Lumley early in the second half.

Kamara then profited from Lumley's mistake to double his tally for the game and season, and it was nearly three for Fulham moments later as Knockaert hit the post in a rousing come-from-behind win for the Cottagers.

Fulham manager Scott Parker on match-winner Kamara:

"I'm really pleased for him. He has not been a problem since I stepped into the role.

"You have to manage him differently but he gives you everything and he topped off his performance with two really good finishes. The perception is very different to the reality.

"What happened last season with Abou is well documented but he has come back into the squad with the blessing of the players. They are fully on board.

"He has not been involved much this season, and he has his moments, but he is a grafter and he works hard and he deserved his goals."

QPR boss Mark Warburton:

"It's very frustrating to be leaving with nothing.

"We know about the quality in the Fulham squad, but we had to be brave and you saw us being brave.

"We got the early goal, created chances, matched a high-quality team in possession and been very, very good - but we've lost 2-1.

"In that first period we could have been two or three up. Had we left with a point, I'd have been frustrated."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 12Rodák
  • 4Odoi
  • 5Mawson
  • 13Ream
  • 23BryanBooked at 61mins
  • 8Johansen
  • 21ReedSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 54'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forChristieat 76'minutes
  • 47Kamara
  • 19CavaleiroSubstituted forMcDonaldat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 6McDonald
  • 7Kebano
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 22Christie
  • 25Onomah
  • 33O'Riley

QPR

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 4Hall
  • 37Leistner
  • 3Wallace
  • 14Manning
  • 10Eze
  • 12BallSubstituted forMlakarat 81'minutes
  • 8AmosSubstituted forChairat 66'minutes
  • 9Hugill
  • 21WellsSubstituted forScowenat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Smith
  • 7Pugh
  • 11Scowen
  • 16Mlakar
  • 19Chair
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 33Barnes
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
18,320

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away19
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Attempt missed. Lee Wallace (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

Hand ball by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Scowen.

Attempt saved. Ilias Chair (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Manning.

Attempt blocked. Lee Wallace (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Kevin McDonald replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).

Ilias Chair (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Wallace (Queens Park Rangers).

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jan Mlakar replaces Dominic Ball.

Hand ball by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cyrus Christie replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Scowen tries a through ball, but Grant Hall is caught offside.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Denis Odoi.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Hand ball by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Toni Leistner.

Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Scowen replaces Nahki Wells.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ilias Chair replaces Luke Amos.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 2, Queens Park Rangers 1. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tim Ream.

Booking

Joe Bryan (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).

Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 22nd November 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom1696129171233
2Preston1694331171431
3Leeds169432191231
4Fulham178542618829
5Swansea168532216629
6Nottm Forest158432013728
7Bristol City167722521428
8Sheff Wed167452114725
9Brentford167362113824
10QPR177372732-524
11Charlton166462219322
12Hull166462321222
13Birmingham167181621-522
14Cardiff165652323021
15Millwall165651922-321
16Derby165651821-321
17Reading155371920-118
18Blackburn165382024-418
19Huddersfield164481824-616
20Wigan164391324-1115
21Luton1642102230-814
22Middlesbrough162771321-813
23Stoke1632111729-1211
24Barnsley161691633-179
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