The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

IT WAS Ful­ham’s best per­for­mance of the sea­son – maybe even the last cou­ple of years – but two-goal hero Ross McCor­mack be­lieves things can get even bet­ter af­ter thrash­ing lo­cal ri­vals QPR.

There wasn’t even two min­utes on the clock when Moussa Dem­bele got the ball rolling, Ben Pringle dou­bling the home side’s lead be­fore McCor­mack added a third be­fore half-time.

Cap­tain McCor­mack then grabbed his sixth goal in as many games as Ful­ham ran riot against a QPR side who had hopes of pro­pel­ling them­selves into the play-offs with a win.

And while things went from bad to worse for the visi­tors when star striker Char­lie Austin limped off with what ap­peared to be a ham­string in­jury, McCor­mack is adamant Ful­ham can start climb­ing the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble.

“We have got Cauley Woodrow com­ing off the bench who has been play­ing for Eng­land Un­der-21s, you’ve got Matt Smith who is in­jured com­ing back, so there are good op­tions for the man­ager,” McCor­mack said.

“And when you’ve got guys like Moussa on form it is hard to leave him out be­cause he is not only scor­ing goals but he is do­ing ev­ery­thing the team needs.

“We want to chal­lenge, we have al­ways said play-offs is the aim and we are not go­ing to change that.

“It’s an old cliche but we are just go­ing to take it one game at a time and that is what we are go­ing to do at the minute.

“This is an ex­cit­ing team as we have a lot of good young play­ers. The man­ager has added a lot of ex­pe­ri­enced heads in Richard Stear­man,Tim Ream and Andy Lon­er­gan, so it is nice to be a part of and I think we can only get bet­ter as the team starts to gel.”

While this was Ful­ham’s first clean sheet of the league sea­son, they have scored in ev­ery game so far and Dem­bele nod­ded the home side ahead from a James Hus­band cross af­ter just 117 sec­onds.

QPR though could, and per­haps should, have lev­elled shortly af­ter but Aus­tralian in­ter­na­tional Mas­simo Luongo side-footed wide when clean through on goal. And Ful­ham made him pay as they went straight up the other end and Pringle stole the ball and fired into the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner from the edge of the penalty area.

But they weren’t done there, a flow­ing move see­ing Tom Cair­ney play in McCor­mack for the Scot to coolly fin­ish just af­ter half-an-hour.

It was more of the same af­ter the break but Ful­ham had to wait un­til an hour had gone to grab a fourth.

And it was McCor­mack again who poked home af­ter QPR cen­tre-back Gabriele An­gella had turned a Ryan Fred­er­icks cross onto his own cross­bar.

As well as Austin hob­bling off, QPR boss Chris Ram­sey has a de­ci­sion to make with Tjaronn Ch­ery, who walked straight down the tun­nel af­ter be­ing subbed af­ter 35 min­utes.

“We know we’ve let the fans down,” Ram­sey said. “We didn’t com­pete as we should have done,. Ful­ham got amongst us very early and their tails were up.We couldn’t get close to them.We haven’t done our­selves jus­tice.

“Doors have been locked; we’ve been in the chang­ing room to­gether. This is the time when we need to stick to­gether. We have to start re­build­ing straight away.

“We need to stay pos­i­tive. We need to stick our chests out and work as hard as we can to get back to win­ning ways.

“We suf­fered from mak­ing some very ba­sic in­di­vid­ual er­rors in de­fence and I don’t know any team that can con­tin­u­ally deal with that.”

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