QPR 1-2 Fulham: Cyrus Christie takes Fulham just four points off the automatic promotion placesjuin 30, 2020
For all of Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 23 Championship goals this season, will any prove as crucial as Cyrus Christie’s first?
Here, with 15 minutes to play, Fulham’s stuttering promotion push chuntered towards more frustration.
Without their suspended talisman, dreams of the Promised Land drifted higher into the west London sky.
Cyrus Christie secured the win for Fulham with an unstoppable drive into the far corner
Christie’s impressive goal takes Fulham just four points off the automatic promotion places
A good time, then, for Christie to pluck a first league goal out of the top drawer.
From 25 yards, the right back fired beyond Liam Kelly to secure a win which takes Fulham just four points off the automatic promotion places.
Roared on speakers in the stands, QPR had led through Jordan Hugill’s first-minute goal before Harry Arter’s equaliser restored silence in this west London derby.
Starting XI: Kelly, Kane, Kakay, Cameron, Barbet, Manning, Amos, Ball, Eze, Osayi-Samuel, Hugill
Starting XI: Rodak, Hector, Odoi, Cairney, Ream, De Cordova-Reid, Arter, Cavaleiro, Reed, Christie, Knockaert
Christie’s goal completed the turnaround but not before Ryan Manning headed off the bar. It’s a huge result for Scott Parker, whose side needed a win after two straight defeats, but who had turned the gun on themselves within a minute.
Manning’s floated ball from the left was somehow allowed to reach Hugill, whose header bounced beyond goalkeeper Marek Rodak.
Worse could have followed before the visitors rose from their slumber.
Eventually, though, they rallied. Shortly after Harrison Reed’s effort from the edge of the box hit one post, Arter’s shot from distance snuck inside the other. Kelly should have done better in the QPR goal. The same could be said for their finishing as half-time approached.
First Bright Osayi-Samuel’s brilliant run ended with a pull-back into the path of Luke Amos, who blazed over from 12 yards out.
Then Hugil and Manning combined once more. From another floated cross, the striker was allowed too much space to turn on the edge of the box and curl an effort towards goal. This time Rodak was alert to the danger. Kelly redeemed himself shortly after the break, too, tipping Anthony Knockaert’s curling shot wide with a one-handed save.
Still, though, both sides pushed for a winner. Todd Kane’s vital interception denied Ivan Cavaleiro after more good work from Knockaert. Then, with 15 minutes to play, it took a rocket from his opposite number to settle this one.
While QPR will be left frustrated by losing after leading the game with a Jordan Hugill strike