FT: Fulham 3 QPR 2

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A Dimitar Berbatov brace ensured 10-man Fulham gained sweet revenge over relegation-threatened QPR in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Craven Cottage. The Bulgarian scored in his fourth consecutive game as he calmly rolled home an early penalty before adding a second soon after. An own goal by Clint Hill gave the Cottagers a seemingly unassailable lead, but Adel Taarabt's strike late in the first-half gave Rangers glimmer of hope. Loic Remy then saw his penalty saved by Mark Schwarzer before making amends just minutes later. But they couldn't find the equaliser and they now remain seven points from safety with seven games of the season remaining.

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Giorgos Karagounis claims he is felled after taking the ball past Nedum Onuoha, but nothing is given.

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Christopher Samba is playing as centre forward, but Fulham have the ball and are killing time.

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Philippe Senderos is next to go in Lee Probert's book for wasting time from Fulham's free-kick.

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There will be a minimum of FIVE minutes of stoppage time.

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Sascha Riether is then booked for wasting time with the throw in on the far side.

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Good pressure from Giorgos Karagounis sees Nedum Onuoha kick the ball out.

@sach3198 Tweets: "QPR need to take advantage of an extra man let's see if they get the goal they definitely need."

Nathan Forward emails in to say: "I don't think QPR will stay up, and I certainly didn't think they would get anything out of this game at 3-0 down... Prove me wrong!"

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Jermaine Jenas' right-footer from 25 yards flies wide of the far post with Schwarzer looking a little worried.

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Credit to mid-table Fulham, who have given QPR a real game tonight. However, it's the men from Loftus Road who are applying all the pressure in the latter stages of this clash.

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Striker Jamie Mackie comes on for a limping Armand Traore after that Sidwell tackle a few minutes ago. That's Harry Redknapp's final throw of the dice!

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We've had everything in this game! Five goals, penalty saved, red card. We're just missing the dramatic ending...

The substitute Urby Emanuelson has been subbed with Emmanuel Frimpong coming on in his place.

STEVE SIDWELL has been sent-off by referee Lee Probert for a very late challenge on Armand Traore. Fulham are down to ten for the final 12 minutes!

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GOOD SAVE!! Bobby Zamora's left-foot piledriver is palmed away well by Mark Schwarzer.

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JUST OVER!! Loic Remy shows fine skill to turn inside Brede Hangeland, but fires his shot over the crossbar.

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Meanwhile, Bobby Zamora's acrobatic overhead kick from the edge of the area is held by Mark Schwarzer.

Adel Taarabt is replaced by Junior Hoilett as Harry Redknapp makes his second change.

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Brede Hangeland defends well against Loic Remy and wins his side the goal kick too.

@TheotherRB Tweets: "Still expect Fulham to hang on to this..."

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Urby Emanuelson looks to thread the ball through for Dimitar Berbatov, but Julio Cesar is quickly off his line to hack the ball away.

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The resutling corner into the box drifts out for a throw and then QPR send it back in for Christopher Samba, who controls it superbly before turning and firing just wide. Excellent play from the big man!

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Andros Townsend isn't quite in control of the ball, but still wins his side a corner.

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The comeback is certainly on guys. They're playing exceptionally well at the moment, but Fulham are defending solidly.

@sach3198 Tweets: "Comeback is on for QPR come on!!! Brilliant if they equalise and or even win come on."

@BarryQPR74 Tweets: "Come on rangers. Survival is all about a result tonight."

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Urby Emanuelson is starting to get into this game although his through ball finds Dimitar Berbatov in an offside position.

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Bryan Ruiz gives the balla way and then Damien Duff happily concedes a throw.

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Fulham have calmed the play down the past few minutes by passing the ball about.

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Sascha Riether's throw is collected by Giorgos Karagounis and then Brede Hangeland finds himself in space in the area, but his tricker isn't fooling any of the QPR backline as they quickly make the block.

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Adel Taarabt's low drive is well blocked. That free-kick was made for Andros Townsend's left-foot, but the Moroccan wanted it.

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Urby Emanuelson brings down Adel Taarabt in a good position for the visitors, just outside the box.

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We've had a bit of a lull in action, but the change in formation has helped QPR. They have gone to a 4-4-2 since the break and that has brought their shape back.

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Anywhere will do as Christopher Samba slams the ball out for a throw to the home side.

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Urby Emanuelson gives the ball away and QPR have stepped things up since the start of the second half. Must have been some half-time team talk from Harry Redknapp wouldn't you say folks!

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GOOD SAVE! This game is end to end now as Andros Townsend's long-range strike is parried away by the busy Australian Schwarzer.

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They have scored now!! Stephane Mbia's ball over the top is collected by the Frenchman ahead of Brede Hangeland and makes amends by smashing his right-foot shot off the underside of the crossbar and into the back of the net. Game on!

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GOAL!!! LOIC REMY

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PENALTY SAVED!!! Loic Remy's right-footer from the spot is well saved by the 40-year-old Mark Schwarzer with a fine one-handed save. Damien Duff deals with the loose ball to stop Rangers from putting away the rebound.

Giorgos Karagounis has given QPR a way back into this game as he brings down Adel Taarabt just inside the box.

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I predict a few more goals in this match as Bryan Ruiz's low effort is well handled by Mark Schwarzer.

Chris Green emails in to say: "This match has been very entertaining so far. Let's hope the second half produces more of the same. Despite QPR pulling a goal back before the break, I don't think they will get back into this match because their defending has been woeful. And I can't see this changing if they don't sort it out."

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Nedum Onuoha has replaced Clint Hill at the start of this second period.

Henry Macfarlane says: "Belief for QPR now?" Well, Harry will need to give an inspirational talk!

@sach3198 Tweets: "Berbatov has been inspirational for Fulham this season." What a talent he is Sach!

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Fulham are odds on at 1/20 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make QPR 40/1 and the draw 12/1. Fulham to win 4-1 is 9/2 while a 3-3 draw is 14/1. Dimitar Berbatov to score next and Fulham to win 5-1 is 28/1. Loic Remy to score next is 9/1. Right-click here SKYBET and open in new tab to place your bets on this match.

Dimitar Berbatov's brace and an own goal by Clint Hill gave Fulham a seemingly unassailable lead. However, Adel Taarabt's strike late in the half has given QPR a glimmer of hope ahead of the second half.

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We're into the TWO added minutes of stoppage time allocated by the fourth official.

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The Moroccan scores his first goal for QPR since his double against Fulham in December and he took it well. Giorgos Karagounis' slip allowed Taarabt to take the ball on before sending his shot through the legs of Brede Hangeland and past Mark Schwarzer into the far corner.

GOAL!!! ADEL TAARABT

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Brede Hangeland is booked for a late lunge on the ineffective Adel Taarabt.

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Surely it's game over even before the break at Craven Cottage! Brede Hangeland's backheel is collected by Bryan Ruiz and his fierce low cross is turned into his own net by the unfortunate defender.

OWN GOAL!!! CLINT HILL

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The Fulham fans are giving the "Ole's" as they watch their side pass the ball about with ease.

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Martin Jol is forced into an early change as Urby Emanuelson replaces the injured Ashkan Dejagah.

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Andros Townsend is not affraid to have a shot from distance, but the ball was always heading past the near post.

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BRILLIANT BERBA!! Bryan Ruiz's free-kick is headed away and then Dimitar Berbatov controls the ball in an instant by flicking it over Armand Traore's head and then Jose Bosingwa's very nearly turns the ball into his own net.

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That only allows Fulham to counter as Taarabt gives the ball away and Ashkan Dejagah earns his side a free-kick.

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Dimitar Berbatov brings the ball down with a lovely touch. QPR are making more of an effort now and are pushing more men forward.

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Adel Taarabt has been somewhat inconspicuous up to now and Harry Redknapp is on the edge of his area barking out instructions.

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JUST OVER!! Stephane Mbia finds Bobby Zamora with a cross from the left and his knock down is fired over the crossbar by Loic Remy from 12 yards out.

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Giorgos Karagounis finds John Arne Riise down the left, his cross is cut out.

@PFCsawyer Tweets: "I think the mighty Fulham will take the three points this evening! Fulham 3 - 0 QPR!"

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There had been just 13 goals scored in QPR's eight Premier League London derbies this season; an average of 1.63 per game heading into this clash, but the way they're playing, Fulham look like they could hit them for six.

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MISS!! At the other end Bobby Zamora has a real chance to pull a goal back, but after turning well, he fires over the crossbar. A chance gone begging for QPR!

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He's at it again! The striker scores his 13th Premier League goal of the season and in all honesty it was a real gift! Christopher Samba's mistake allowed Berbatov to steal in and finish with the outside of his right-boot past Julio Cesar.

GOAL!!! DIMITAR BERBATOV

Rafee Ahmed is back in touch to say: "Not the greatest of start from QPR and what was Samba doing there in the penalty box taking a extra touch, is he really a 10-12 million player, they need to get more of Taarabt who is the only gifted player in the QPR side in my opinion...POOR"

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Damien Duff's wonderful inswinger hits Christopher Samba on his back and drifts out for a corner. That could so easily have been another goal!

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Now Clint Hill brings down Ashkan Dejagah. The defender is having a bit of a mare at the moment. He runs away shaking his head.

@sach3198 Tweets: "I think it will be 2-1 to QPR they really do need the points and Harry Redknapp has been getting the wins lately."

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Sascha Riether spreads the play beautifully with a crossfield pass to John Arne Riise, but his cross fails to find Dimitar Berbatov.

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QPR have won just one of their last seven competitive meetings with Fulham (L5 D1), but this victory came earlier this season (2-1) at Loftus Road. They haven't made the brightest of starts tonight.

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Bryan Ruiz's left-foot free-kick from 25 yards goes over the wall, but fails to hit the target. The Cottagers have had 53 per cent of the possession in this clash so far.

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Clint Hill is booked by referee Lee Probert, who also has a few strong words with Berbatov, but doesn't caution him.

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Giorgos Karagounis is hacked down by Clint Hill and Dimitar Berbatov is very unhappy.

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Certainly not the start Harry Redknapp wanted and the Cottagers are dominating this game.

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The Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov steps up to the mark and sends the ball down the middle sending Julio Cesar the wrong way for his fourth goal in successive games. He had never netted in four successive top flight appearances until tonight. That was also the first penalty QPR have conceded this season.

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GOAL!!! DIMITAR BERBATOV

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Christopher Samba brings down Ashkan Dejagah inside the box and referee Lee Probert points to the spot. Easy decision!

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Fulham defeated their neighbours 6-0 at Craven Cottage in their last meeting there; both QPR's record defeat and Fulham's joint-record win in the Premier League. Damien Duff's effort is well stopped by Julio Cesar.

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Stephane Mbia gets the first shot on target, but Mark Schwarzer gets everything behind the ball to make a comfortable stop.

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Fulham have won three of their last four Premier League home games played on a Monday, including victories against Liverpool and Arsenal, so beware QPR.

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John Arne Riise collects the ball in plenty of space on the far side, but eventually loses out while at the other end Bobby Zamora is caught offside.

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The Cottagers are keeping possession of the ball the visitors are doing all the chasing in these early minutes.

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There are less than three miles separating these clubs in west London. Bobby Zamora turns but runs into Brede Hangeland.

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We're underway at Craven Cottage then. Fulham are wearing their white shirts, black shorts and white socks while QPR are in their changed strip of all-red.

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The teams are on their way out. The weather is a little windy at a ground which is on the banks of the River Thames. The atmosphere is very special as you might expect for a derby and the pitch is looking pretty good.

Iain emails in to say: "It will finish a win for Fulham or maybe a draw. I have a feeling that Fulham will come out of this game as winners. 2-0 with a headed goal from Riether and one from Berbatov. I can't see QPR going anywhere but down. Sorry to there fans, but to me its just a bit 'too little too late'. I also think the current bottom two are going down. Following that Its a fight for the rest of them to stay away from the dreaded drop zone."

@TheotherRB Tweets: "If it weren't for the horrible spell in the middle, Fulham could be in the top five. I expect nothing less than three points from Fulham."

Fulham are Evens to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make QPR 5/2 and the draw 13/5. Dimitar Berbatov to score first and either Fulham to win 2-0 or 3-0 is 20/1. Ashkan Dejagah to score first and the Cottagers to win 2-1 is a 60/1 shot. Bryan Ruiz is 6/1 to bag the first goal for the hosts. Bobby Zamora to score first and either QPR to win 2-1 or 3-1 is 40/1 while Loic Remy to score first is 7/1 and Andros Townsend is 9/2 to score in 90 minutes. Jermaine Jenas is 16/1 to bag the opening goal. With both teams playing well, I'm going for a draw tonight - 1-1, which is priced at 11/2. Well worth a flutter in my book! Right-click here SKYBET and open in new tab to place your bets on this match.

Chris Green from Huddersfield comments: "Good evening everyone! I'm really looking forward to this evening's game. I think the game will be tight as both teams are good at attacking, but I think Fulham will just edge it because they have the better players. QPR really need to get a win this evening; otherwise, they will be in serious trouble. And if they do lose, I can't see them staying up unfortunately."

Robert Fifield wants revenge: "Superwhites to get revenge and put nail in Rs coffin. There not good enough for Premier League. 8.2 on aggregate. Add to that tonight. cmon u superwhites!!"

Rafee Ahmed writes in to say: "With all the money QPR have spent it has been just a miserable campaign for them, can't remember the last time QPR played well and conceding goals every match will surely not help for any team and with a world class goalkeeper like Julio Cesar its just not good. Just hope that will change tonight with some quality goals and most important keep a clean sheet. 1-0 to QPR"

FULHAM TEAM NEWS: Martin Jol names the same side that won 1-0 at Tottenham before the international break.

QPR TEAM NEWS: Adel Taarabt makes his first start in more than a month in this vital west London derby. The 23-year-old, who last began a game against Manchester United on February 23, is one of two changes made by Harry Redknapp, with Armand Traore also coming in.

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Dejagah, Ruiz, Berbatov.

SUBSTITUTES: Etheridge, Frimpong, Richardson, Hughes, Rodallega, Frei, Emanuelson.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore, Townsend, Mbia, Jenas, Taarabt, Zamora, Remy.

SUBSTITUTES: Green, Park, Mackie, Granero, Onuoha, Ben Haim, Hoilett.

REFEREE: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

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Here come the teams...

Meanwhile Luke Newman says: "This is a massive game for QPR. As a Fulham fan, I really hope that our players are up for the occasion as a few times we have appeared to be a little lackluster and disinterested; Liverpool and QPR away games spring to mind, where we were comfortably beaten and very poor. We have picked up some form though, and the recent performance and win against Tottenham gives me high hopes that we still feel we have something to play for, and can do our best against opponents with everything to play for still. I think that this will be a very tight game with not much to choose between the two teams, and QPR will have to go for the win. Very hard to predict, but if we play at our best, I can see a tight 2-1 win."

Fulham season ticket holder @Matt_Merchant Tweets: "I think we seriously need the win for the points, and for redemption from Loftus Road."

QPR fan John Wark is first to write in tonight and he says: "Thought it could be all over after Villa defeat but results elsewhere still going ok. Need back to back wins now tonight and against Wigan on Sunday. It will be tight today but going for 2-1 with Bobby Zamora scoring against his old club and Townsend to get another screamer for the winner. U Rrrr'sssss!!!"

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The Hoops were unable to record a third successive victory when they travelled to Aston Villa before the international break. But they moved off the bottom of the table, courtesy of Reading's 4-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday although they still head into the game seven points adrift of safety. "Back-to-back wins for us could put us right back in the picture again," Redknapp said. "Everyone has written us off but we are still right in there in my opinion. I am confident. When I am not confident I will be struggling to come into work in the morning." Can Rangers survive the drop? Email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish the best.

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Jol is not content with just securing survival for Fulham, he wants the team to finish as high as possible. Asked about his target, he said: "The higher the better for the club and for the players, because some of them have bonuses in their contract if they are in the top six, top eight, top 10. But that's a financial thing. I would like to be in the top 10." Do you agree with the Dutchman's comments Fulham fans? Email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

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A win will place mid-table Fulham just one short of Martin Jol's 40-point safety target while QPR, who lie second from bottom on goal difference, are scrapping for their Premier League lives, so we should be in for an exciting west London derby at Craven Cottage tonight. Get those comments coming in folks!

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