Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sidwell Predicted Romp over Lunch

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sidwell Predicted Romp over Lunch

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Byline: Ian Gibb

FULHAM 6 QPR 0 [bar] NDREW JOHNSON became the first Fulham player to hit a Premier League hat-trick while QPR made history for all the wrong reasons as they suffered their heaviest ever defeat in a London League derby.

It was Johnson's partnership with Bobby Zamora, as they scored their first goals together since their July Europa League qualifier against Crusaders, that really caught the eye -- aided up front by Mousa Dembele.

Throw in a penalty converted by Danny Murphy and a second League goal this season for Clint Dempsey and Fulham had romped to their first League win of the season.

Not that Johnson was surprised. The striker said: "I had that little bit of luck today and everything we hit went in. We felt this result was coming. Steve Sidwell said during our pre-match meal it would happen today."

As for QPR, they were an utter shambles while Neil Warnock just gave a litany of excuses.

Never mind an injury to Matt Connolly, who isn't even a regular in the defence now, or the pre-game hamstring pull of Fitz Hall that didn't stop him making one athletic goal-line clearance.

In fact the most surprising thing about QPR was the way they slipped beneath the waves with hardly a reaction from Warnock who stood stoically, hands behind back, like a ship's captain still saluting as his craft goes under.

The manager said: "I don't know how you're supposed to feel, what did you want me to do? There wasn't anything to get excited about, I couldn't even blame the ref -- he was super. I think you'll find I shout as well as anyone would do at 4-0, 5-0, 6-0 down. I can't see the point of losing my voice at 6-0. I did have a rant near the end when I thought Jamie Mackie should have had a penalty. I had a go then."

Warnock did try to lift his side at the break only for any hopes of a revival to be killed off just before the hour when it became 4-0. He said: "When you change the system and you know the next goal will be important, to then concede what is an amateurish fourth ... I don't think any manager is going to be overjoyed. I'm a manager, not a miracle worker. …

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