Aboubakar Kamara’s brace vs QPR moves Fulham into Championship play-off places


Aboubakar Kamara’s brace vs QPR moves Fulham into Championship play-off places

Aboubakar Kamara’s first goals of the season fired Fulham to a 2-1 derby victory over west London rivals QPR.

French striker Kamara, whose career at Craven Cottage looked over last term, scored in each half to cancel out Jordan Hugill’s opener for Rangers.

Scott Parker’s Fulham are up to fourth in the Championship table
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Victory moved Scott Parker’s side up to fourth in the Championship to boost their bid for an instant return to the top-flight.

Rangers were ahead inside three minutes when Todd Kane drilled a low centre across goal and Hugill, on a season-long loan from West Ham, arrived at the far post to steer the ball into the net.

Fulham’s calamitous defending underpinned their relegation from the Premier League last season and it seemed little had changed when Tim Ream inadvertently almost doubled Rangers’ lead.

The centre-half slid in to cut out another Kane cross and planted the ball straight onto the foot of his own post.

QPR had raced into an early lead at Craven Cottage
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At the other end of the pitch Fulham were missing 12-goal striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Championship’s top scorer, through suspension.

His place was taken by Kamara, who in January was arrested after a clash at Fulham’s training ground, banned from the club and eventually sent on loan to Turkish side Malatyaspor.

When Denis Odoi crossed from the right Kamara, making only his second start of the season, helped himself to his first Fulham goal since netting the consolation in a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on New Year’s Day.

Odoi’s delivery was perfect and Kamara slipped between two defenders to head into the bottom corner, meaning Rangers remain the only club in the entire Football League yet to keep a clean sheet this term.

Fulham’s tails were up and five minutes later Tom Cairney fed Ivan Cavaleiro, who got beyond Grant Hall, but crashed his shot against the near post.