QPR came crashing back down to earth with a thud at Craven Cottage, as Fulham recovered from their stuttering start to the season, with an impressive six goal haul.
Martin Jol will be ecstatic with his team’s display, with a brilliant Andrew Johnson hat-trick and goals from Clint Dempsey, Bobby Zamora and Danny Murphy completing the unexpected rout.
With four draws and two defeats in their opening six Premier League games a performance of this magnitude, from the Cottagers, was unexpected. There have been signs, in recent weeks, of an imminent upturn in fortunes and such a feat came as no surprise to Andrew Johnson and the rest of the Fulham squad:
“Everyone is delighted with the result and for the fans because it was a local derby.
“We felt this result was coming and Steve Sidwell said during our pre-match meal that it would happen today,” said Johnson.
Thankfully for the Fulham faithful, Johnson, who has been blighted with injuries for large portions of his career, is getting back to his brilliant best and should go from strength to strength barring injury.
QPR will be severely disappointed with their performance in what was their first local derby of the season. Whether such a performance showcases a lack of talent and a dearth in work ethic or is simply a blip on Neil Warnock’s survival radar, only time will tell. Warnock was understandably disappointed with his side’s performance, but has cause to be optimistic:
“I think I’ve had a couple of bad defeats as a Manager and it’s not easy –this is one of the worst.
“We’ve all had a bad day at the office. You expect some drubbings when you come up, even though I didn’t expect one today.
“You’re going to get days like today in the Premier League, because it’s a cruel league with some great players.”
Warnock’s perceptive attitude is laudable, Premier League survival would be seen as a success for QPR this season, despite their excellent start to the campaign.
It is Warnock’s understanding which may keep feet on the ground at the Loftus Road club, and ensure survival for the Premier League newcomers.
A thoroughly unexpected result that will give Martin Jol and his men a huge boost of confidence, but also one that shouldn’t severely damage the immediate aspirations of this QPR side.