Reg Ilderton

Musings on a visit to Fulham -QPR derby

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Ok and before anyone starts -two point to make. Firstly a mate had a spare and secondly I had been to see us play Ipswich at 3 earlier in the day.

I thought that it would be an interesting comparison to make. After all I was at a Premiership ground (so called) less than three hours after leaving the Den.

So - the football, was it better and more exciting? In truth, yes. QPR were dreadful in the first half which was gratifying and we would have beaten them easily even on yesterday's showing but Fulham had skilful players who knew how to keep possession. No long ball at all and a lot of skill on show. Berbatov was worth the admission money on his own. Second half was completely the reverse and it was shades of our performance against Birmingham except that Fulham hung on to win. Five goals, a missed penalty and a sending off. I have to say that it was a game I am glad I went. Given that I was also very pleased that I probably witnessed QPR's relegation the evening was even more enjoyable.

The ground itself is amazing. Like a throw back to the fifties. Crappy wooden seats and everyone is close to the pitch. The catering is poor and expensive and the toilets make the Den fume filled lavs seem palatial. The atmosphere was however very good and the crowd got behind both teams. Fulham handed out those horrible clapper things which was pathetic.

All in all a good night out but its odd to watch a team other than your own play. You analyse things differently and when Fulham were hanging on for the win everyone around me was having kittens at every misplaced pass while I was supremely indifferent. It was very voyeuristic and slightly surreal. Would I go back? Only if we weren't playing and someone has another free spare!
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