LONDON – Queens Park Rangers gave chairman Tony Fernandes the early Christmas present he yearned for on Saturday by ending a record 16-match run without a win and moving off the bottom of the Premier League.
The Malaysian entrepreneur, whose AirAsia airline had confirmed a $9.4 billion order for 100 more Airbus jets on Thursday, said on his Twitter feed in the week that he had been doing some early Christmas shopping "but all I want is three points".
On Saturday, despite a nervous last few minutes after Fulham had pulled a goal back in the West London derby, his wish came true with a deserved 2-1 win in front of a capacity 18,233 crowd at Loftus Road.
"Best best feeling in the world," Fernandes declared, again resorting to the social media network before heading down to the local pub to meet up with fans.
The irony was that both the second-half goals came from Moroccan Adel Taarabt, a player who has been at QPR a lot longer than Fernandes or any of the expensive signings who have so signally failed to gel.
Taarabt was instrumental in getting QPR out of the Championship (second division) and back into the Premier League in 2011 under manager Neil Warnock, who was sacked in January only a few months after Fernandes took over.