Date: 22nd January 2017 at 11:05am
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The spoils were shared in a West London derby that turned into a real feisty affair later on.

Looking to get revenge for the defeat Queens Park Rangers inflicted upon Fulham in the reciprocating fixture, at Craven Cottage, a game in which Fulham missed two penalties as Queens Park Rangers won 2-1, the Cottagers could have gotten off to a perfect start.

After weathering a good start by our hosts, a foray forward by Sone Aluko saw the player go down in the box, although it looked to be a soft penalty it gave Fulham the perfect chance to assert their authority on the game.

Chris Martin stepped up to take the spot-kick but although his effort had the right direction the ball wasn`t struck hard enough and Alex Smithies, in the QPR goal, dived low to push the ball away.

Heartened by the save Queens Park Rangers were to take the lead when a loose pass from Kevin McDonald presented Ryan Manning with the chance to give the Loftus Road outfit the lead, Manning made no mistake and Fulham were a goal down.

The second half saw Fulham improve and the equaliser came when a strike on goal by Tom Cairney was, cleverly, diverted into the bottom corner by the boot of Chris Martin.

The game ended in volatile style, first a clash on the touchline saw both benches go head-to-head with the officials struggling to restore order, minutes later Tom Cairney foolishly got involved in an incident whereby he shoved a Queens Park Rangers player to the floor resulting in a melee that saw three further yellow cards issued, it could, in hindsight, have been a red card for Cairney for his action.

The draw means that Fulham have lost just once in the last eight games, whilst Queens Park Rangers were prevented from obtaining a fourth consecutive win.