TROUBLE may have erupted on the pitch but a heavy police presence meant that all remained calm in Shepherd's Bush during the much anticipated showdown between old rivals Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers.
Sunday's match was the first time the teams have played each other in the top flight for 15 years and hundreds of police took to the streets to make sure that it wasn't a violent encounter.
Police classed the match as a category C game - as are clashes between other London rivals, Millwall and West Ham - which meant they were on high alert making made sure that renowned football hooligans didn't ruin the day for the 18,000 fans eager to see the two teams collide.
Although seven Chelsea fans were arrested at a pub in Acton prior to the match for creating a public disorder, only one arrest was made at Loftus Road, in what police are classing as a very successful operation.
A spokesperson for the MET, said: "We classed the West London derby as a category C game, which is a big game for us so we always have a police operation in place. The other London derbies such as Arsenal and Tottenham and Millwall and West Ham are also classed in this category. We had spotters and officers at the match itself, but there was only one arrest. There were only very small pockets of disorder, but it was a very good game for us, an absolute success in terms of match day policing."
Earlier this year, football thugs clashed on Uxbridge Road, launching stones, bricks and planks of wood, after QPR drew with Bristol City.
Worried that the derby match would incite violence, anxious residents took to social networking sites to express their concerns.
On Twitter Ludista82 wrote: "Wow never seen so many police officers on the Uxbridge Road, I hope it's not gonna kick off, good luck to QPR."
Supporter qprbenjamin163, added: "Uxbridge Road a bit of a war zone right now."
Earlier this month QPR supporters pub, General Smuts, in Bloemfontein Road, was shut down, after as part of a continued crackdown by police to avoid matchday trouble and alcohol related disorder.
While both sets of supporters remained calm, tempers were fraught on the pitch as Chelsea had two players sent off and seven others booked in the their 1-0 defeat.