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QPR 2 Fulham 1 match report: Rangers off the bottom as magic Adel Taarabt conjures first league win

QPR 2 Fulham 1: Taarabt revives Rangers as they record first league win

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UPDATED:

00:22 GMT, 16 December 2012

The worst start in Premier League history is over. And in the directors' box at Loftus Road, Rangers owner Tony Fernandes punched the air and wore a grin like a child on Christmas morning. Relief flooded the stadium.

At the 17th attempt this season, Rangers recorded their first win, thanks to the sorcery of Adel Taarabt in a spirited performance that reflected the work of Harry Redknapp.

Adel Taarabt of Queens Park Rangers is closed down by Chris Baird

Adel Taarabt of Queens Park Rangers is closed down by Chris Baird

Match facts

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QPR: Green, Traore, Hill, Nelsen, Onuoha, Faurlin, Mbia, Wright-Phillips (Da Silva 85), Taarabt, Cisse (Ferdinand 90), Mackie. Subs Not Used: Julio Cesar, Diakite, Derry, Granero, Hoilett.

Booked: Taarabt.

Goals: Taarabt 52, 68.

Fulham: Schwarzer,Riether (Kelly 46), Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Baird, Richardson (Petric 63), Berbatov, Rodallega (Dejagah 72). Subs Not Used: Etheridge, Senderos, Karagounis, Kacaniklic.

Booked: Sidwell, Dejagah.

Goals: Petric 88.

Att: 18,233

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

For the first time, Rangers have
vacated the bottom rung of the table. For the first time in a season
that cost Mark Hughes his job after spending tens of millions of
Fernandes' fortune, there is hope rather than despair in the air in
Shepherd's Bush.

Fernandes runs a successful airline
and he has not invested heavily in Queen's Park Rangers to see them
timidly vanish from the Premier League.

'That is the best Christmas present
ever,' said Fernandes last night. 'It is looking good – we're undefeated
under Harry. I feel like I have won the championship.'

Redknapp's brief on his appointment could not have been more simple, or more difficult.

From this morning, he has 21 games
left to keep Rangers in the top echelon of English football, and that is
a mission he can approach with slightly more optimism now.

'It's going to be tough, we're not kidding ourselves,' admitted Redknapp.

'But we have taken six points from four games; and if you get six points from every four games you can stay in the league.'

Last night the Rangers dressing room
was the happiest it had been since relegation was avoided on the final
day of last season and the difference was created by a tactical
masterstroke.

Taarabt was given the freedom to play in the space behind striker Djibril Cisse.

'Every time we got him on the ball, Fulham were in trouble,' said the Rangers manager.

Redknapp is no stranger to the Moroccan's talent.

He had managed him at Tottenham but,
at a club brimming with high-class players, Redknapp opted to sell
Taraabt, a teenager with maverick tendencies, to QPR for 1million.

He appreciates that piece of business now.

'He has fantastic ability; he was amazing today,' said Redknapp.

All smiles: Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes

All smiles: Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes

QPR's Adel Taarabt celebrates scoring the first goal

QPR's Adel Taarabt celebrates scoring the first goal

Taarabt's touch and control are beautiful to behold. He has the vision and time on the ball that only few possess.

And with space to play against
Fulham, a conservative, unambitious team, he contrived to make a
decisive breakthrough with Rangers first goal before scoring the second
with sublime impudence.

In the 52nd minute, Taarabt cleverly
brought the ball down, and as Cisse peeled to his left, he took
advantage of the gap that opened in front of him.

Taarabt's shot, perhaps not the
finest he has struck, took a big deflection off the outstretched leg of
Brede Hangeland and left Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer wrong-footed
as he covered the other side of his goal.

Taarabt raced to a corner of the
ground to accept the congratulations of a section of a crowd that has
not had much to shout about so far this season.

His next incisive involvement was memorable.

Barely in Fulham's half, Taarabt
squeezed the ball through Hangeland's legs without the kind of
resistance Fulham manager Martin Jol would have expected from his giant
centre back.

On the run: Djibril Cisse of Queens Park Rangers takes on John Arne Riise and Aaron Hughes

On the run: Djibril Cisse of Queens Park Rangers takes on John Arne Riise and Aaron Hughes

Up for it: Damien Duff of Fulham wins the ball against Adel Taarabt

Up for it: Damien Duff of Fulham wins the ball against Adel Taarabt

In the clear, Taarabt teased John Arne Riise, running hard towards the Fulham penalty area.

And then after rolling the ball under
his right foot, backwards and forwards with the skill of a conjuror,
Taarabt dispatched a shot with the outside of his boot that entered the
bottom corner of the net with gentle precision.

It was a moment of footballing
genius. It was also a moment Redknapp celebrated by jumping from his
seat with his arms raised above his head.

Rangers fans roared their approval. But when a team is at the wrong end of the table, life is rarely easy.

Two minutes from time Fulham
substitute Mladen Petric was allowed to get within striking range and
his left-footed shot beat Rangers goalkeeper Robert Green after taking a
deflection off Alejandro Faurlin.

'I can only guess what psychological effect that had on the team having not won all season,' said Redknapp.

Kiss of life: Taarabt celebrates his second goal

Kiss of life: Taarabt celebrates his second goal

Wright stuff: QPR's Shaun Wright-Phillips tackles Mladen Petric of Fulham

Wright stuff: QPR's Shaun Wright-Phillips tackles Mladen Petric of Fulham

'I know how hard it was for me to live through those final minutes of the game.'

Jol, however, looked for no sympathy. He was disgusted with his team's performance.

'I wanted to give 10 of the 11 players who beat Newcastle on Monday a chance to do it again,' he said.

'But we never looked like earning
the right to play. Rangers were first to the ball all the time and I am
very disappointed with our style of play.'

For Redknapp there was only one blemish on the day.

In January, he can expect to lose Taarabt to Morocco for the Africa Cup of Nations.

But if Rangers can collect a couple
more victories between now and then, Fernandes could be more easily
persuaded to allow Redknapp to raid the market in the transfer window.

Last night, at last Rangers' season had lift-off.

Done it: Defender Clint Hill (R) celebrates on the final whistle with Ryan Nelson

Done it: Defender Clint Hill (R) celebrates on the final whistle with Ryan Nelson

Well done: Martin Jol, manager of Fulham congratulates QPR manager Harry Redknapp

Well done: Martin Jol, manager of Fulham congratulates QPR manager Harry Redknapp

Audley Harrison could fight on despite embarrassing David Price defeat

Deluded Harrison could fight on despite lasting just 82 seconds in another humiliating defeat

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UPDATED:

13:51 GMT, 15 October 2012

Audley Harrison refused to rule out making a comeback despite his crushing first-round defeat by David Price on Saturday.

It took just 82 seconds for British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Price to dispose of the 40-year-old Olympic gold medallist at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

While Price was magnificent, the loss appeared certain to end the career of Harrison, who has become a figure of ridicule in boxing.

Game over: Harrison lasted only 82 seconds in his latest setback

Game over: Harrison lasted only 82 seconds in his latest setback

Amazingly, however, the former world title challenger is still considering his future.

'I have said when I turn up to win and lose to nothing other than ability I will know my time is up, so this could be my last bout,' he said.

Figure of ridicule: But the Olympic gold medallist has refused to give up hope on fighting again

Figure of ridicule: But the Olympic gold medallist has refused to give up hope of fighting again

Flat out: The 40-year-old has claimed he was 'really in the zone' despite failing to last one round against Price

Flat out: The 40-year-old has claimed he was 'really in the zone' despite failing to last one round against Price

'I'll take some time to think this out as I never want to come back to boxing once I've walked away.

'If it's to end here, what a ride it's been and I'm grateful to the universe for allowing me to find my destiny and walk the precarious road my way.

'Keep dreaming, keep believing and never give up.'

'Never give up': The British boxer insisted he wasn't fazed by the crowd

'Never give up': The British boxer insisted he wasn't fazed by the crowd

Price's ruthless performance has elevated him into the top echelon of heavyweights with a fight against Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko a possibility for next year.

Harrison accepts he is on the wane, but takes comfort from his preparations for the fight.

Bloody mess: Harrison was humiliated at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday night

Bloody mess: Harrison was humiliated at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday night

'I said I had prepared very well for this bout and it showed,' he said. 'I was in great shape and went out there with no fear, believing I could win it.

'I was really in the zone, didn't get fazed by the crowd, or atmosphere and stayed focused on the task. After eight years, I finally had control of myself again.

'My whole game plan was about avoiding his right, so to get lined up like that is a disappointment for me.

'Father time has caught up with me, as I didn't see the initial shot, so could not react.

'He finished me off like a good pro, so I have no complaints. I have a broken nose for my troubles.'

Peter Gethin dies: McLaren lead tributes

McLaren lead tributes to Gethin as former British F1 driver dies after long illness

Constructors McLaren and Lola have paid tribute to Peter Gethin, the man who won the closest race in Formula One history, following the former driver”s death at the age of 71.

Gethin, who died on Monday after a long illness, will be best remembered for his dramatic win for BRM at the 1971 Italian Grand Prix.

In black and white: Gethin famously won the 1971 Italian Grand Prix

In black and white: Gethin famously won the 1971 Italian Grand Prix

He also served as director of the British Racing Drivers” Club between 2005 and 2008.

The Surrey-born racer, the son of jockey Ken Gethin, secured his only win in a world championship event by coming out on top in a frenetic race at Monza where the top five cars across the line were covered by just 0.61 seconds, the closest finish in the sport”s history.

During his 30 starts in the top echelon of motorsport, Gethin also competed for McLaren and the Embassy Hill team.

His F1 debut came at the 1970 Dutch Grand Prix when McLaren drafted him in to replace founder Bruce McLaren, who had been killed in a sportscar accident.

Grand Prix star: Gethin drove for McLaren, the Embassy Hill team and BRM

Grand Prix star: Gethin drove for McLaren, the Embassy Hill team and BRM

And the Woking team posted a message on their official Twitter feed saying: “RIP Peter Gethin – 1940-2011. Our thoughts are with Peter”s family at this sad time.”

Gethin left McLaren and made the switch to BRM in the middle of the 1971 season in the wake of the death of their Mexican driver Pedro Rodriguez, his win at Monza coming in just his second outing for the team.

Gethin also triumphed in non-championship F1 races at Brands Hatch in 1971 and 1973, the latter proving a particularly impressive drive as he saw off a strong field while racing Formula 5000 machinery.

He was a two-time British F5000 champion and was also a race winner in the Can-Am series, and secured notable wins with Lola in both classes.

VIDEO: Gethin wins closest race in Formula One history at Monza

A statement on Lola Group”s website said: “Peter Gethin was one of the most dependable and versatile racing drivers of the late 1960s and 1970s. Successful in most forms of motor sport at his time, Gethin was a true enthusiast who won many races driving for Lola amongst many other constructors.

“Lola Group would like to extend its sympathies with his family and many racing fans and friends.”

A statement on the BRDC website said: “It is with great regret that the club has to announce the death of life member and former director, Peter Gethin, who passed away on December 5.

“Condolences have been passed to his wife, Robbie. Funeral details will be announced shortly.”

Gethin”s final F1 race came at the British Grand Prix in 1974 but he returned to the sport as manager of the Toleman team in the mid-1980s and also briefly ran a team in Formula 3000.