Last Updated: 25/02/12 4:54pm
So, Fulham hang on for a hard-earned three points despite a spirited second-half show from QPR. Mark Hughes looked deeply unsatisfied upon the whistle, but his side have paid for a really poor first-half performance.
The fight seems to have escape QPR in these final few moments, Fulham have a vital three points within sight.
Dembele delays pulling the trigger, allowing Onuoha to make the block. The visitors have a corner, though.
Etuhu emerges with possession from the long QPR ball and is allowed to stream forward before dragging an effort wide from just outside the penalty area.
Fulham are keeping possession at every opportunity now, they sense the threat of QPR when they're not on the ball.
Huge, huge chance for Wright-Phillips to open up his account for QPR after a brilliant run and pass. He waits for Schwarzer to go to ground before bending an effort wide of the far post!
And with that change, it looks as though Martin Jol is prepared to settle for 1-0. QPR aren't giving this one up easily, though.
Barton loses possession but Wright-Phillips bails him out with a fantastic tackle. The little winger is now hobbling, though.
Traore's first contribution is to flash a low cross into the box but Schwarzer reads it well and intercepts.
The home crowd want a second yellow for Dembele but Phil Dowd opts out, merely awarding a freekick. I think that's the correct decision and Dowd has refereed a good game today.
Traore replaces the injured Taiwo, who still looks in considerable pain after going down clutching his left leg. Not a good sign for the on-loan AC Milan player.
Riise goes into the book for a foul in the build up to that QPR chance. Phil Dowd played a good advantage.
Big chance for QPR and Taarabt is the architect, releasing Mackie, who screws his finish wide across the face of goal!
Dembele goes into the book for hacking at Wright-Phillips and QPR earn a corner from the advantage played.
Thomas Cayzer predicts a 1-1 final score with Taarabt grabbing the equaliser. If I was a betting man, and I am, I'd like the look of that punt. QPR are currently 3/1 to score next.
Instead, the Norwegian picks out Dempsey on the edge of the box and the American chests neatly before volleying an ambitious effort into the stands.
Fulham, in turn, string together a neat counter but are forced to settle for a throw high up the field. Riise is preparing a long range missile.
Ruiz is penalised for handball as Fulham begin to show elements of frustration, despite the scoreline.
Barton outswings a corner and it's met by Onuoha, but the flag is raised as the corner had bent out of play.
Barton's corner is delivered well to the back post, but Hill gets his head right underneath it and the ball loops into the stands.
Kenny takes a free-kick following an offside. QPR are plugging away despite the one-man disadvantage.
Zamora, loudly booed by the visiting fans, picks out Wright-Phillips on the edge of the box but the move breaks down at the last though a poor Taarabt pass.
Pogrebnyak latches onto a Dempsey flick and fires a half-volley just wide from around 25 yards. Not a bad effort, that.
Hangeland rises highest in a Fulham corner, but the home defence deal with the threat and emerge with possession.
Taarabt tries to place it this time but he bends it wide. He's still finding space on the edge of the area, though, will he make Fulham pay eventually?
Taarabt fends off the challenge of three Fulham defenders and gets another shot away, but again his effort is too tame to beat Schwarzer.
Ruiz' takes a nice first touch, grounding Kenny, but he is forced too wide and can't keep the ball in play. An early let off for QPR.
A quick stat from @Optajoe: All of QPR's 5 red cards this season have come at home, but before this season all 11 of their red cards in the PL had come away.
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It's half-time at Loftus Road, where the hosts are a goal and a man down. Diakite, making his debut, can have no complaints amid an opening half of persistent fouling. Pogrebnyak's strike separates the sides, but QPR actually looked less vulnerable with 11 players on the field. It makes for a fascinating second half in prospect. Let's hope the sides can maintain the pace after the restart.
Taiwo's shot on the volley is wayward and bobbles out of play for a throw, drawing ironic cheers form the visiting fans.
Riise intercepts a cross and clears but back come QPR, who are scrapping well for a team who are a man down.
A half-chance for the hosts as Barton arrives late into the box and lashes a half-volley over the bar.
Dempsey wants a penalty or a corner at least after a collision in the box. He gets neither and a goal-kick is correctly awarded.
Ruiz attempts a flick over the head of Ferdinand but runs into the QPR defender and concedes a foul.
QPR are pulling together and do not look a man down at the minute. Meanwhile, Mackie's control lets him down and Fulham have a goal-kick.
Red card Diakite, he can have no complaints. It's another lunge and this time it's one too many. That's his second yellow card.
Diakite, who is really struggling with the pace of the game, commits his sixth foul of the game. He's on a yellow and is walking a tightrope.
We've reached the half-hour mark and the hosts are a goal down, but Mark Hughes will be encouraged by their progress over the last five minutes or so.
This is better from the hosts - Taarabt picks up possession and drives at goal, Fulham back off and he is invited to shoot, narrowly missing the target with a powerful effort this time.
Wright-Phillips forces a fingertip save from Schwarzer and Zamora is unable to beat the Aussie with the follow up! That's the closest QPR have come.
QPR deal with the corner and attempt a counter, but Taarabt's crossfield ball, aimed at Mackie, is intercepted.
Taiwo gets the free-kick over the wall and down but Schwarzer, with the sun in his eyes, is able to grasp the fairly central effort.
Diakite mistimes another tackle and this time the ref has had enough. He's in the book inside the first 20 minutes of his QPR debut.
Taarabt, for the third time, tests Schwarzer from outside the penalty area but once again it's tame.
Pogrebnyak almost scores an own goal when standing on the line amid a QPR corner, but the goalscorer recovers to scramble clear.
Fulham are piling on the pressure but Kenny intercepts a low cross to prevent an almost certain second.
Fabulous football from Fulham as Dempsey almost makes it two, but his effort flashes across the face of goal and wide of the far post.
It's a fantastic goal for the visitors and it's the Russian Pogrebnyak who finishes off after collecting a sublime Dembele back-heel and rounding Kenny to slot into an open net.
A Johnson nods the ball into the back of the net and wheels away in celebration, only to look over his shoulder to see the flag correctly raised against him for offside.
Taarabt shows superb deception with a handful of step-overs fooling Murphy, but the Moroccan's finish lets him down.
Of course, Fulham once occupied Loftus Road as their 'home' ground while Craven Cottage was undergoing an upgrade. So the visiting fans will know all about this ground, even if their current players don't.
QPR fans - if you disagree get your counter thoughts in. SkyBet offer an attractive price of 5/2 for Zamora to score and be on the winning side.
Zach Kingsbury is another confident Fulham backer: "Fulham to overpower QPR today Jamie. 3-0 with goals from Dempsey and 1 from Dembele finishing QPR off. QPR might grab a consolation but i don't think it'll happen."
Fulham fan Joshua Tingle is in a confident mood today: "Another AJ hat-trick today for The Mighty Fulham."
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These sides have gone a combined 25 consecutive league games (QPR 16, Fulham 9) without a clean sheet, so expect goals today folks.
QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Diakite, Mackie, Taarabt, Barton, Wright-Phillips, Zamora. Subs: Cerny, Derry, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Traore, Buzsaky, Smith.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Ruiz, Murphy, Dembele, Dempsey, Pogrebnyak, Johnson. Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Orlando Sa, Senderos, Duff, Etuhu, Frei.
Okay that's enough negativity on the hosts. How about the visitors? Fulham have won just one of their last 12 Premier League away games (W1 D5 L6).
QPR have lost five of their last seven Premier League home games and have dropped the most points from wining positions this season (15) and 13 of those have been relinquished on home soil.
If gambling isn't your thing, you may at least appreciate the stats ahead of kick-off - QPR suffered their heaviest ever Premier League defeat when they lost 6-0 to Fulham earlier this season at Craven Cottage.
While we wait for team news to emerge, let's have a look at some of SkyBet's odds ahead of kick-off. QPR are 13/8 to beat Fulham and get a much-needed win, but they have failed to score in their last five games against their west London neighbours. Fulham are 17/10 to get an away win and the draw is 9/4.