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Queens Park Rangers 0-2 Fulham: Cottagers


Extra-time goals from substitutes Bobby Decordova-Reid and Neeskens Kebano against QPR sent a much-changed Fulham into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, who started for Fulham despite breaking Covid rules, had sent a header wide and saw a chance cleared off the line in normal time.

Two fine Marek Rodak saves for Fulham and Lyndon Dykes’ lack of composure for QPR sent the tie to extra time.

Decordova-Reid’s low shot and Kebano’s powerful strike decided the derby.

The west London rivals were both in action for the first time in 2021 after coronavirus outbreaks interrupted their recent schedules.

Parker opted to rotate his squad for what was Fulham’s first game in 14 days after having two Premier League fixtures postposed, calling on Josh Onomah for the first time for more than three months and bringing in fit-again defender Terence Kongolo for his first appearance since making a £4m move from Huddersfield in October, as well as reinstating Mitrovic.

Macauley Bonne, who came in as the only change for a strong QPR side, wasted two clear openings either side of half-time – first heading over from close range inside three minutes, then sending a half-volley wide after the break.

Bonne and Dominic Ball both tested Rodak after the break. However, the Championship side’s best chance to avoid a sixth defeat in a 10-game winless run fell to Dykes, but he ballooned his effort wildly off target when he had time to control the ball and pick his spot late on.

Fulham failed to get a first-half shot on target, with Mitrovic heading just wide from a corner after having an effort blocked by Yoann Barbet, who was also crucially on the line to hook away a second-half chance that the Serb had squeezed past goalkeeper Seny Dieng.

Decordova-Reid’s fine finish – his sixth goal of the season – Kebano’s powerfully struck, first-time effort – his first of 2020-21- ensured the Cottagers progressed.

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 5-3-2

  • 13Dieng
  • 2Kane
  • 4Dickie
  • 20CameronBooked at 35minsSubstituted forMastersonat 90′minutes
  • 6BarbetBooked at 112mins
  • 11Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forHämäläinenat 90′minutesBooked at 115mins
  • 12Ball
  • 10ChairSubstituted forThomasat 82′minutes
  • 22CarrollSubstituted forBettacheat 82′minutes
  • 9Dykes
  • 7BonneSubstituted forKelmanat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 19Thomas
  • 21Willock
  • 23Masterson
  • 25Hämäläinen
  • 26Bettache
  • 29Kelman
  • 33Barnes
  • 37Adomah

Fulham

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 12Rodák
  • 34Aina
  • 13Ream
  • 30KongoloSubstituted forHectorat 68′minutes
  • 21ReedSubstituted forKebanoat 78′minutes
  • 2TeteSubstituted forOdoiat 90′minutes
  • 25Onomah
  • 15Loftus-CheekSubstituted forRobinsonat 90′minutes
  • 23Bryan
  • 17CavaleiroSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 67′minutes
  • 9Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 3Hector
  • 4Odoi
  • 7Kebano
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 16Adarabioyo
  • 31Fabri
  • 33Robinson
  • 48Carvalho
  • 58Jasper

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