Team: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky, Henry, Faurlin, Phillips, Luongo, Chery (Mackie, Fer), Austin (Tozser)
Subs Not Used: Smithies, Hall, Doughty, Gladwin
Attendance: 19,784 (including 4,062+ R’s fans)
Chris Ramsey walked across the pitch at half-time to: “You Don’t Know What You’re Doing!”
There were no leaders out there and the home side passed and moved with ease whilst nearly everything we did was laboured and poor! Fulham should have scored more.
Normally I would have condemned what Tjaronn Chery did but I also clapped him along with the vast majority of R’s fans as he walked past us towards the dressing room.
So Charlie Austin will be out for a while, no Sebastian Polter yet and Tyler Blackwood has just gone off on loan. As for the defence, Grant Hall deserves a start on Saturday and Michael Harriman should be at the club. Yun Suk-Young?
Being an R’s fan requires patience and I can accept consolidation this season but what is unacceptable to me is the total shambles that I witnessed last Friday. That was humiliating and totally unacceptable.
I do believe that we have one of the best squads in the league but if the management of those players is incompetent then the coach will lose the dressing room as was very evident on Friday night.
Chris Ramsey has a problem with Chery, loves Karl Henry and Nedum Onuoha keeps out a real centre-half in Grant Hall, which baffles me. Although the Rooney law might be part of the team selection process, which would explain a lot about what is going on at the club!!!
I commented during the summer that we resemble Norwich of the last two seasons. Relegated from the Premiership after sacking the manager and giving the Youth team coach the job. Adams was finally sacked with Norwich in the relegation zone last autumn with the unknown coach from Hamilton coming in, and the rest is history.
Well Ramsey has had his chance so lets see if Sir Les has the bollocks to sack his mate? But then we have the problem of recruiting someone who will work with Les as Director of Football. Make the change Tony you know it makes sense.
Ross McCormack scored twice as Fulham thrashed QPR 4-0 in the West London derby at Craven Cottage. QPR would have moved up to third in the Championship with a win but goals from Moussa Dembele, Ben Pringle and McCormack in the first 31 minutes scuppered that plan.
McCormack then wrapped up a convincing victory with his second just after the hour as Fulham moved to within a point of their opponents.
It took Fulham 116 seconds to take the lead thanks to Dembele’s towering downward header past Robert Green. James Husband provided the cross from the left and the forward leapt to meet it as his marker, Gabriele Angella, remained grounded.
Fulham were back on the attack again not long after and Dembele was involved once more in settling McCormack free on the left but the Scot fired into the side netting from a tight angle.
It took Rangers a while to muster a reply but a burst of speed from the Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks was enough to stop Charlie Austin from latching on to a through-ball.
A decent chance was then carved out by the visitors with Austin involved in a swift interchange of passes that saw Massimo Luongo burst through on the left only to find the side netting as well.
It was to prove costly as Fulham went down the other end and doubled their lead through Pringle in the 19th minute, although the visitors had only themselves to blame.
Pringle, signed from Rotherham in the summer, had seen his pass cut out by a defender but he was in the right place when Alejandro Faurlin surrendered possession cheaply and he drilled the ball past Green from 20 yards.
Rangers were rocking and needed Angella to slide and prevent McCormack from setting up a team-mate in front of goal. The reprieve was short-lived, however, as McCormack made it 3-0 in the 31st minute to cap a fine move that saw Tom Cairney’s pass open up the Rangers defence once again.
Chris Ramsey made an instant change with Tjaronn Chery replaced by Jamie Mackie with 10 minutes remaining in the first-half, which ended with Dembele seeing an effort saved and McCormack firing wide from close range.
Rangers, who replaced Mackie with Leroy Fer at half-time, looked more potent after the break but Richard Stearman did well to stop James Perch in the box before the Fulham goalkeeper, Andrew Lonergan, dived to keep out Paul Konchesky’s header.
Fulham remained on top, however, and Perch did well to avert danger before McCormack fired straight at Green. Rangers then made another change when Austin was forced off by injury in the 59th minute and Daniel Tozser came on.
McCormack made it 4-0 on the rebound in the 63rd minute after Fredericks had set up Dembele, who saw his shot under pressure loop up and hit the bar.
Ryan Tunnicliffe forced Green into another save with a shot from distance but Fulham fans’ demands for a repeat of the 6-0 thrashing of Rangers in October 2011 did not come to pass, although the substitutes Cauley Woodrow and Kay Voser both went close to scoring a fifth.
I was at Craven Cottage on Friday night, first time in a while which was part of a long weekend and back home after a nightmare journey on Virgin East Coast (admittedly the broken rails and the derailment were not their fault and the ¬£57 delay voucher will be gratefully received).
Anyhow, despite the five days since that other nightmare, I feel that I must say something, and we all know that our comments are read by the club. Enough has been written about that appalling embarrassment on Friday night so I’m not going to add to that. Let’s move on.
How do we get out of this mess then? New coach/manager? Absolutely, when? Pronto. How did Norwich come up with Alex Neil? Warburton would have been great but that’s now history.
Is there anyone at the club who can spot potential in the lower leagues? How come Swansea went for Rodgers after his failure at Reading? Would QPR even consider doing anything as extra-ordinary?
Have we considered Steven Pressley or any other young prospect? If there is anything I dislike more than ordinary, it is dithering. Whatever happens, it must happen soon. Risk, dare, dream, expect.